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‘Disrupted’ Employees: The New Insider Threat?

By Vigilize | Monday, April 12, 2021 - Leave a Comment

Employees working from home may find it more difficult to follow security policies…


An article review.


The surge in employees working from home during the pandemic created many headaches for IT departments around the world, many of whom had no telecommuting policies or procedures before the start… but what about the employees who had to suddenly adjust to a new way of working?  A recent article from Security Magazine suggests those ‘disrupted’ employees may represent a significant insider threat.

Among the problems facing employees working from home include issues with communication: without face-to-face conversations employees must rely entirely on already saturated communications channels like email, increasing the chances something is lost in the noise.  Additionally, while the devices the employee uses to access work resources may be configured correctly, other devices on their home network may not be… and those other devices could be compromised and used to mount an attack.

For organizations who may have only recently launched work from home programs, it is important to remember that securing the hardware used is only part of the solution: employees have gone through a significant disruption as well, and may need additional support to do their jobs securely.


Original article by Mark Doering writing for Security Magazine.


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