Businesses see increase in cybersecurity breach attempts amid shift to remote work, report says

An increase in cyber threats such as phishing and business email breaches were experienced by organizations amid the shift in remote work, a report said.

Work-from-home arrangements became the new norm after government’s imposed strict lockdowns to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In a report by cybersecurity firm Fortinet, 60 percent of organizations saw an increase in attempts of cybersecurity breaches. Meanwhile, 34 percent of them experienced actual breaches in their networks.

The sudden shift to telecommuting or remote work in the first half of 2020 due to the pandemic became a challenge to 83 percent of these organizations. They described the work set-up “as moderately, very, or extremely challenging.” Only three percent said they were not challenged by the shift.

The report was based on a survey conducted among employees from 17 different countries, representing nearly all industries and the public sector.

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