By Jason Pennington, AOE Manager, Information Systems
The recent pandemic has brought about many cybersecurity implications for organizations and remote workers. At the start of 2020, only five percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home. Flash-forward only a few months and that number jumped to approximately 62 percent of workers who previously worked in an office instead putting their hours in at home. The implications of this switch to the Work From Home (WFH) environment are huge. Organizations were tasked with sending home a workforce with no advance warning, and in many cases, little training or protocols. Home networks are typically less secure than the workplace, sharing of computers and devices with other family members creates a wide array of potential issues, and lack of malware protection are all key factors to consider. Further, personal assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home can listen to confidential conversations and potentially result in a cyber security issue.
Although AOE is fortunate to have had policies for remote access in place before the pandemic, as well as cybersecurity awareness training, many organizations were left scrambling to maintain productivity, while balancing these issues. To this end, AOE asked Barbara L. Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, to review the risks for remote workers and cover many of the cybersecurity threats that are occurring during the pandemic. This 30-minute presentation covers the top three control weaknesses as well as the true cyber-security risk for remote workers.