As coronavirus restrictions ease, many organisations have chosen to permanently switch to a hybrid working model, with staff dividing their working hours between their home and the office.
A recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development report found that 40% of employers expect more than half their workforce to regularly work from home after the pandemic.¹
Organisations therefore need to ensure they’re ready to mitigate the risks that come with permanent remote working, including those related to cyber security.
For instance, there has been a drastic increase in ransomware attacks since the pandemic began: the number of ransomware incidents handled by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) more than tripled in 2020 compared to 2019.²
In the face of these risks, your obligations remain the same: you must secure the information you process, comply with data protection laws and protect your organisation from cyber threats.
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¹CIPD, “Planning for hybrid working”, July 2021, https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/planning-hybrid-working#gref.
²NCSC, “The NCSC Annual Review 2020”, November 2020, https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/annual-review-2020.