Are remote workers a cybersecurity threat?

August 23, 2019

When an employee works remotely and uses company platforms and networks in popular locations such as coffee shops and airports, a seemingly harmless public Wi-Fi network could actually place the business directly on track for an online attack. Many small business owners are not properly mitigating potential cyberthreats.

The U.S. Small Business Administration suggests continually revising remote work policies in the growing digital workplace, yet only 4% of business owners have implemented all of the cybersecurity best practices and recommendations. Implementing formal cybersecurity training is foremost to protect businesses.

Among other findings from an annual business owner survey conducted by Nationwide Insurance is a dangerous gap in knowledge of the implications of a cyber-attack—including the financial cost to recover from one.

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