Due to the pandemic lockdown, the number of work from home employees has dramatically increased. As restrictions are being lifted, this shift to telecommuting is seemingly here to stay. Many companies are planning to let employees continue to work from home in some fashion, permanently or on a shift basis.
Now is a good time to review and renew security practices related to remote working. In particular, focus on security protocols related to remote employee home environment and tools; and an employee’s cybersecurity awareness training and risk behaviours. Unfortunately, the weakest link to a business’s security chain is often its employees.
According to a new study from Trend Micro, though many employees have become more cyber-aware during the lockdown, poor security habits persist.
It appears that many employees, though aware of cybersecurity best practices, are choosing not to follow them in their home environments.
A one-size-fits-all security training won’t resonate with all the personas. Tailored cybersecurity training to address the different personalities is recommended. Some employees may require mentoring. Gamification is another method to present security information. Others may need incentives and rewards for good behaviour. A personalized approach to each of the persona groups will help to improve security awareness and decrease risk behaviours.