How Cybercrime Has Flourished From the Shift to Remote Work

June 29, 2020

The full article by Morten Brøgger was originally published in June, 2020 for Tool Box.


The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many businesses to quickly find ways to digitize operations and implement mass remote work. However, as companies continue to grapple with keeping high levels of connectivity and productivity, cyberattacks have increased by an estimated 400%.

The scramble to provide solutions for employees working remotely created a boom in collaboration platforms. Slack, Microsoft Teams and Zoom rose in popularity as a quick fix for maintaining employee productivity by offering a central tool that easily connected and integrated with other workplace apps.

Unfortunately, convenience came at a cost — the features that apparently helped boost productivity also created many vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit. For example, Zoom has suffered a slew of security and privacy issues from cybercriminals disrupting video conference calls (known as “Zoombombing”), to improper encryption key storage, to the undisclosed transfer of data to third parties.

Many of these attacks have been waged within communication tools, revealing underlying security and privacy weaknesses that are not only significant but chronic. To meet the ever-increasing challenge of remote work and cybercrime, communication platforms will need to be built to a new standard, with infrastructure that prioritizes cybersecurity.

To keep up with the rise of cybercrime, remote work and ever-increasing need to protect digital assets, collaboration platforms need to evolve — they need true security infrastructure. Platforms that are built with a security-first infrastructure are not only better prepared from the beginning, they are also more capable of evolving and adapting to new challenges.

Read the full article here.

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