COVID-19 has changed the way we work in 2020 and for the foreseeable future. Working from home is now the new normal and many organisations took advantage of free trials and special offers to secure their workforce as a quick fix at the beginning of the global pandemic. Although, on reflection now, were those deals as good as they promised to be? Varying levels of software came under scrutiny as they became weak links to opening up gateways to companies’ IT infrastructure for hackers to infiltrate.

The risk

With more remote users working from home needing to be accommodated through SaaS applications and VPNs for corporate networks, the demand for systems to be safe is becoming more paramount, and with every system, it starts with identifying yourself before proceeding on any secure platform. Employees have set themselves up at home but have become guilty of using the same passwords for both personal and work accounts for ease and convenience, and this is one of the first points of attack for cyber criminals.

“We have seen the birth of BYOO – bring your own office, which is adding unprecedented complex cyber security challenges security teams and professionals now need to address,” says Theo Bensch, NTSIKA ICT Holdings Chief Executive, local distributor for Authlogics. He adds: “The boundaries between work and personal IT have disappeared. Home and personal information and communication technologies have extended the corporate network to well beyond the corporate firewall.”

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