How will the Hybrid Working Model Impact Cybersecurity Measures in Organization?

Dec 1, 2021
4 min read

Introduction

The new normal will be very different from both the traditional method of doing work and the recent “no workers in the office” trend. Workers are disgruntled since their employers have raised the green signal to restart their work in their office space. However, many are still hesitant to step out and prefer to work from home. As a result, organizations feel compelled to create a working paradigm to solve workers' challenges. Organizations will have to provide employees with the option of working remotely.

Hybrid Working Model

A hybrid work model is one in which an employee's schedule includes both in-office and remote work. Employees have the option of working from home sometimes and coming into the office on other occasions. It may fluctuate by the organization, but it usually entails the core group being on-site while others are allowed to come and go as they choose, within limits.

The Future of Work is Hybrid

A hybrid model may provide flexibility while also empowering individuals to work to their strengths, resulting in increased production. Teams may achieve a healthy mix of creativity and cooperation by creating a culture that considers remote work as a desirable option to completing deep-focus activities in the office. The hybrid work paradigm, which combines remote and office work, can benefit the company in numerous ways when organized properly and deliberately.

Few advantages  include:
● Productivity improvements
● Employee satisfaction and culture have improved.
● More opportunities for lifelong learning
● Improved teamwork and working connections
● Better mental health

Employees were swiftly transferred from their offices to their residences as the pandemic raged. The abrupt shift sent shockwaves across the IT department. Despite the numerous benefits, the most concerning drawback is cyber security.

● As they spend their time between the office and off-site locations, employees are
constantly moving in and out of the corporate network. They regularly use poor security when working outside the office, such as using company laptops on public networks, where they may be exposed to viruses, which they then bring back into the corporate network when they return to the office and log back in.

● Employers share their network connections with their family and children, who were all at home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Companies have set a very robust network security mechanism in place to avoid
cyberattacks. Few of the practices are mentioned here: few are.
● Strong passwords
● Accessibility control
● Installing a firewall
● Using anti-virus software
● Updated  programs and systems
● Keep an eye out for intruders
● Raise public awareness

Impact of Hybrid Working Model in Organizations

Despite the fact that the hybrid working paradigm offers many benefits to employers, companies remain dissatisfied. Because the security of the organizations is a concern. Working with a hybrid model opens the door to cyber-attacks. Over the previous year and a half, the IT department has seen significant growth in the number of terminals that are not connected to the corporate LAN. Staff have to work around both current and new systems at home. Because employees were no longer restricted to company-issued laptops, corporate IT departments were left with network devices that they had neither purchased nor completely managed. They were suddenly faced with a large –and rising – number of systems to protect. The family members also started using the system and chances are there to download malware and the attackers know that the organizations are in transition mode and they are in danger.

In-office workspace is not comfortable anymore

Working for more than a year, the workers find working from home more flexible and productive. During the outbreak, employees demonstrated that working in employer-controlled environments did not have to limit their productivity or engagement. They've also learned that flexibility may make individuals feel more successful not only at work, but in their personal lives as well — as parents, caretakers, social activists, or whatever they identify themselves with.

IT teams must now develop ways to protect not just a wide range of endpoints and systems, but also to guarantee that employees can access their networks and software in a way that allows them to be productive. Many of their users are connecting to the corporate network via low-cost ISP connections and broadband routers. This again causes security issues which is because of the hybrid working model.

Cyber Attacks

IT companies were compelled to provide safe access to an ever-increasing number of distant users, give uniform and predictable experiences when using business applications, and maintain the security of every transaction.
Some businesses adjusted well to the changes, while others did not. One reason is that the baddies are adaptable: they started targeting new distant users with Covid-related assaults, posing as financial organizations giving customers Covid relief money and health-care providers providing medical data. In addition, phishing assaults doubled in 2020, while ransomware attacks have also been increased.
Cyber attackers were already causing trouble, now these workspace fluctuations have made their work is easy and the organizations are in trouble now.

Patching up the voids in cyber security

Through all of the upheaval, it has become clear that organizations need flexible networks, and workers require the ability to access required apps at any time, from any location, on any device, whether self-managed or through a managed services model. Because most of yesterday's historical equipment is stagnant, implementing adjustments in a fast-paced environment might be difficult.

Conclusion

Hybrid working is the future. However, this has resulted in a significant security issue that must be addressed one step at a time. Because this working paradigm has provided both freedom and a problem, knowledge of the situation is critical not only for employees but for everybody who is open to attack. Finally, how technology developments like timely patching are important, human factors also contribute. Regular training and
awareness workshops for all workers, given in bite-sized courses, are vital to achieving an organization's cybersecurity posture. Staff are not only your weakest link but also your first line of protection.