The threats that still persist in a hybrid work context

More than three years ago, societies and companies adopted a new work model: remote work. The pandemic forced everyone to rethink the way they work and adapt tasks to be able to do them from home. This is how many collaborators and employers found many benefits in a new way of working.

Although the pandemic was overcome, the modality was not the same as before: remote work is here to stay. And although many collaborators returned to face-to-face, it was not complete, and hybrid work entered the scene.

However, for organizations it was not so simple. IT teams were challenged, forced to ensure security in a broader environment while also ensuring that employees could work from other locations.

It was the perfect setting for cybercriminals, who were also here to stay and knew it. Threats became more complex, evolved and professionalized, putting both users and companies at risk, mainly through ransomware and phishing, taking advantage of the little training and tools that collaborators had to identify fraudulent scenarios.

This scenario is still in force, organizations are still exposed and alert to possible attacks, exploited vulnerabilities or suspicious emails. And it doesn’t come cheap: incidents usually cost between USD 100,000 and USD 500,000, and add the issues related to trust, image and reputation of the organizations, so the real cost can be even higher.

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