2022’s Biggest Digital Threats to Your Remote Workforce

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The threats to your company’s digital threats are all threats that you might not think about.  Would you be surprised if I told you that the biggest threats to your business were, in fact, threats?  If so, then read on. The following is a list of the top five threats your remote workforce will face in 2022, along with advice on what can be done to counter these threats:

1. Phishing Threats

Phishing threats are threats that are posed through an email. These threats try to look professional or “official” in hopes of tricking the receiver into opening up an infected file or website.  When they work, hackers gain information on computer systems and can often take complete control of them.

2. Social Media Threats

Social media threats are growing exponentially. As more and more people begin to use social media for their daily needs, the threat of cyber attacks aimed at social media accounts is also growing. What makes this trend so scary is that these days your business’s reputation can be ruined in an instant by one malicious tweet or post. For example, what would happen if a disgruntled customer decided to lash out against your company via Twitter? Bad reviews on sites like Yelp or Google could skyrocket, leading potential customers away from your website and hurting your bottom line.

3. Large Data Breaches

In 2016, Yahoo was the victim of a large data breach that compromised over 500 million user accounts. This is an example of a recent attack on a corporation with millions of customers and a huge workforce.  Large companies often have a significant target on their backs for hackers. What’s worse is that many companies don’t even know when they’ve been breached until it’s too late.

4. Threats to Internet of Things Devices

Internet of Things (IoT) threats continue to be one of the biggest digital threats in 2022. In 2017 alone, there were approximately 40 cyber threats aimed at IoT devices. With the popularity of smart home devices such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa having risen significantly, it is no wonder that these products are becoming a new favorite among cyber criminals.   

5. Cloud Threats

Cloud threats pose another major threat for enterprises today. The threats associated with cloud computing, while not new threats by any means, are growing in their frequency and sophistication. Cyber criminals know that it is easier to steal data when company information lives on the cloud, which is why they are starting to attack companies’ cloud-based systems more frequently.   

By understanding the threats and engaging with your workforce, you will ensure that everyone stays secure no matter what capabilities they possess or threats they might encounter. Make sure you include these threats in your company’s security awareness training so all employees are aware of possible dangers when using their devices whether at home or work. If you need help with threats to your workforce, contact eMDTec today. They will help you build a plan that protects your business and keeps threats out of the hands of those who might be tempted by them.