Working From Home Isn’t Going Away, But It Isn’t Getting Safer

September 17, 2021 – According to the HP Wolf Security report that was published earlier this month, 23% of office workers globally could continue to predominantly work from home post-pandemic, while an additional 16% could split their time between the home and the office. The “Rebellions & Rejections” report from HP Wolf Security found that 83% of IT teams now believe that working from home (WFH) could be a “ticking time bomb,” as it could continue to present security holes.

“There has been a 72% increase in ransomware attacks since Covid-19 that corresponds to the dramatic increase in WFH and use of existing – and already infected – home computers,” explained Rajiv Pimplaskar, our CRO.

“Bad actors can exploit such vulnerabilities and use key loggers and other MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks to appear like the legitimate corporate WFH user,” Pimplaskar added. “While enterprises and users are starting to adopt passwordless authentication methods like ‘phone as a token’ and FIDO2 for customer and Single Sign On (SSO) portals and enterprise applications, vulnerabilities still exist across entire categories of cases such as, third party sites, VPN (Virtual Private Network) and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) environments, all of which are particularly vulnerable in the current WFH explosion.”

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