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Hybrid work presents unique cybersecurity challenges for businesses. With employees working from various locations, using different devices and connections, the traditional office security infrastructure just won’t cut it. 

The result is a fragmented security landscape that provides cybercriminals with more opportunities than ever to exploit weaknesses. Cybersecurity breaches have led to significant financial losses and damaged the reputation of many a company.

By acknowledging the unique vulnerabilities of a hybrid work environment and implementing robust security solutions, businesses can embrace the benefits of remote work without sacrificing their security.

Read on to learn more about potential vulnerabilities in your hybrid work landscape and discover how you can prevent threats from becoming real. Learn how remote IT monitoring software can keep your company productive, efficient, and secure. 

1. Fragmented Security Infrastructure

In a traditional office setting, all employees connect to a central, secure network that's managed and maintained by the company's IT department. 

With hybrid work, employees access the network from various locations using different devices and connections, creating a fragmented security infrastructure. This fragmentation makes it harder to implement and enforce consistent security policies, providing cybercriminals with more opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities.

In 2017, Danish shipping giant Maersk experienced a massive cyberattack due to fragmented security infrastructure. The disruption resulted in an estimated loss of $300 million and damaged Maersk's reputation.


To prevent similar incidents, companies should:

  • Centralize security management.

  • Regularly update and patch systems.

  • Invest in employee training. 
  • Implement multifactor authentication for remote access.

  • Conduct regular security audits and assessments. 

2. Remote Access Risks

As employees work remotely, they may require access to sensitive data and internal systems that were once only accessible from the office. Remote access can expose your business to additional risks if not managed properly. Cybercriminals often target remote access points, such as VPNs and remote desktop protocols (RDP), because they can serve as entry points into a company's network.

In 2020, multinational technology corporation Garmin experienced a severe cyberattack that exposed its remote access vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals targeted VPNs to infiltrate Garmin's network, resulting in the shutdown of several services and a substantial ransom payment. 


To safeguard against similar attacks, companies should:

  • Adopt multi-factor authentication for remote access points.

  • Maintain up-to-date software and systems.

  • Regularly monitor remote access activity.

  • Provide employee training on cybersecurity best practices.

  • Limit access to sensitive data.

3. Unsecured Home Networks

Let's face it: not everyone's home network is as secure as a corporate network. Employees might use outdated routers, weak Wi-Fi passwords, or neglect to install critical security updates, leaving their home networks vulnerable to attacks. If your employees access your company's data and systems through unsecured home networks, your business's security is only as strong as the weakest link.

In 2017, the credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a massive data breach that exposed the sensitive information of nearly 147 million people. One of the contributing factors was employees accessing company systems through unsecured home networks, creating a vulnerability that cybercriminals exploited.


To prevent similar security breaches, companies should:

  • Implement a robust VPN for remote access.

  • Provide guidelines for securing home networks (including strong Wi-Fi passwords and regular updates).

  • Establish clear security policies for remote work and educate employees on their importance.  

4. The Human Factor

Hybrid work can blur the lines between work and personal life, making it easier for employees to unwittingly engage in risky online behavior. For example, they might check personal emails, download attachments, or click on phishing links while using their work devices, introducing malware or other threats into your company's network. Additionally, remote employees may be more susceptible to social engineering attacks due to isolation from their colleagues and reduced access to in-person security training.

In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) suffered a significant cybersecurity breach when hackers gained access to its email system. This breach was facilitated by a successful spear-phishing attack in which an employee unwittingly clicked on a malicious link in a seemingly innocuous email. The incident had far-reaching consequences and highlighted the importance of cybersecurity awareness in a modern work environment.


To prevent similar mistakes, companies should:

  • Provide regular up-to-date cybersecurity training for employees, emphasizing the risks of phishing attacks, social engineering, and other online threats.

  • Implement strict policies for the use of work devices, prohibiting employees from accessing personal emails or engaging in other potentially risky online behavior on company-owned equipment.

  • Use advanced email filtering and security solutions to detect and block phishing emails and other malicious content before they reach employees' inboxes.

  • Foster a security-aware culture by promoting open communication about cybersecurity threats and encouraging employees to report any suspicious activity or incidents without fear of retribution.

  • Regularly assess and update security policies and procedures, ensuring they remain effective in the ever-evolving threat landscape.

5. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Conundrum

When employees use their personal devices for work purposes, they often have less stringent security measures in place compared to company-issued devices. Personal devices might not have up-to-date antivirus software or the latest security patches installed, making them more susceptible to cyber attacks. Furthermore, personal devices can be lost or stolen, posing additional risks if they contain sensitive company data.

In 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a devastating cyberattack that led to the leak of unreleased movies, sensitive employee data, and confidential company information. One of the contributing factors to this breach was the use of personal devices by employees for work purposes, which were less secure than company-issued devices. The attack caused significant financial and reputational damage to Sony.


To avoid such cybersecurity mishaps, companies should:

  • Establish a clear Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that outlines the acceptable use of personal devices for work purposes and the security requirements that must be met before accessing company data.

  • Provide employees with guidelines and resources for securing their personal devices, including installing up-to-date antivirus software, enabling firewalls, and regularly updating operating systems and applications.

  • Implement Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions that allow companies to manage and secure personal devices used for work purposes. These solutions can enforce security policies, remotely wipe sensitive data in case of loss or theft, and ensure devices are compliant with company requirements.

  • Require employees to use strong, unique passwords and enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for accessing company resources from personal devices.

  • Regularly conduct security audits and assessments to ensure that personal devices used for work are compliant with company security policies and industry best practices.

6. Visibility and Control Challenges

In a hybrid work environment, monitoring employee activities and maintaining control over your company's data can be more challenging. Remote work often means that your IT department has less visibility into employee devices, making it difficult to identify potential threats or ensure that security protocols are being followed. This lack of oversight can provide opportunities for both external and internal threats to compromise your company's security.

In 2020, Twitter experienced a major security breach that compromised the accounts of several high-profile individuals, including politicians and celebrities. The breach was facilitated by a lack of oversight and monitoring of employee activities, allowing a group of hackers to gain access to Twitter's internal systems and compromise user accounts.


To prevent similar incidents, companies should:

  • Use tools such as endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to monitor employee devices and network activity, detect potential threats, and ensure compliance with security policies.

  • Implement access controls and user permissions to limit access to sensitive data and systems, reducing the risk of unauthorized access and internal threats.

  • Regularly conduct security awareness training for employees, educating them on the latest threats and best practices for maintaining security in a hybrid work environment.

  • Use encryption and other security measures to protect sensitive data, both in transit and at rest, and implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) to enhance security.

  • Conduct regular security audits and assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities and ensure that security policies and procedures are being followed.

Employee Monitoring and Workplace Security

In a hybrid work environment, tracking remote employees and ensuring workplace security is crucial to prevent cybersecurity threats. Employee monitoring software, such as Insightful's remote computer monitor, can play a pivotal role in securing your hybrid workplace. 

These tools offer features like keystroke logging and user behavior analytics to detect potential threats, ensure compliance with security policies, and maintain control over sensitive data. By monitoring employee work from home, businesses can identify areas where additional training or security measures may be needed to prevent breaches.

By acknowledging the unique vulnerabilities of a hybrid work environment and implementing robust security solutions, companies can embrace the benefits of remote work without sacrificing their security. 

Insightful's employee monitoring and workplace security tools allow businesses to maintain visibility and control over their data and systems, ensuring cybersecurity threats are prevented. With the use of remote employee monitoring software, businesses can confidently track remote employees and maintain security in a hybrid work environment.

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