The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a colossal shift in the way we work, forcing organizations all over the world to adopt a remote work model.

However, the transition to a work-from-home model has left many IT professionals concerned about security breaches. A recent report by Fugue found that 96 percent of cloud engineering and IT teams are working remotely, and 84 percent are concerned about the security vulnerabilities arising from remotely managing cloud infrastructures.

The Importance of Building and Securing a Remote Workforce

Increased COVID-related Cyberattacks

The effects of the outbreak of the coronavirus were more than enough to negatively impact the economy—small businesses in particular. However, increased vulnerabilities due to large-scale changes in workplace practices led attackers to take advantage of the situation and make it even worse for businesses that didn’t have robust IT systems. Work-from-home technologies, online cloud services, and customer-facing networks have all been exploited by cyber attackers.

Between February and March 2020, hacking and phishing activity increased by 37 percent. In March and April 2020, there were more than 192,000 coronavirus-related cyberattacks reported every week: a 30 percent increase from pre-COVID levels.

A woman working from home and using a laptop.

What Businesses Can Do to Secure Their Remote Workforces

Most companies aren’t very experienced when it comes to managing a fully remote workforce and the unique challenges it presents. Organizations’ IT infrastructures are struggling with the increased number of unmanaged and unsecured personal devices.

Most businesses employ a fragmented IT infrastructure, with on-premises equipment and workloads that are hosted in both private and public clouds. For a complete and holistic array of security measures deployed across these IT environments, companies will have to:

  • Be proactive when it comes to mitigating DDoS threats
  • Deploy a cloud shield
  • Prioritize APIs

If you’re looking to hire a reputable IT infrastructure and consulting firm for managed IT security services and Azure Cloud managed servicesin Mississauga, ON, for your business, look no further than us at HEM Innovative Solutions.

At HEM Innovative Solutions, we understand that businesses require specialized IT expertise to begin and complete their projects on time and within budget. That’s why our managed IT support services are efficient and affordable. All our staff members are highly trained in their respective fields.

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