The concept of working from home and remote workforces has been around and in practice for a while now, but recent global events have changed the game entirely, with many governments – including the UK’s – now urging citizens to dramatically increase social distancing measures. Indeed, Covid-19 has driven entire offices to close and whole companies to work from home resulting in an unprecedented shift in the working landscape in just a few months. Organisations are having to rapidly adapt, and a vital consideration must of course be security, particularly given cyber attackers’ propensity for opportunism during times of crisis.

Unfortunately, distressed global climates and times of uncertainty are prime times for hackers to launch attacks and we can already see targeted Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks in circulation. Therefore, it is imperative that organisations implement business contingency plans that prioritise protecting remote workforces from attacks. Securing a remote workforce, while also ensuring that productivity is not negatively affected, is a daunting task but there are several ways this can be achieved and considerations that should be made:

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