Blog | 5 emerging modern workplace network security threats and risks to avoid in 2022

January 10, 2022 Emily Hill

With IT security threats on the rise, now is the time to take a closer look at the specific dangers your company needs to know about.

After all, the average data security breach costs a business a staggering £3.2 million. How would your company recover from that kind of damage?

Let's take a look at the most pressing threats and consider a few of the top ways you can protect your business.

1. Phishing Emails 

Here's a worrying statistic for you: during the pandemic, phishing emails increased by 350 percent.

It's shocking facts like this that highlight the importance of protecting your company.

How do you stop them? Yes, there are important technology solutions you need to deploy, but you will also need to train your staff. If they can't recognise a phishing email from a normal one, then you're fighting an uphill battle.

2. Malware 

Malware is another rising threat you need to watch out for.

To protect your company from this menace, you'll want to configure your existing toolset, for example, you need to make the most of the features in Microsoft 365. The built-in security and privacy controls will all help secure your data. If you're unsure where you currently stand with security in Microsoft 365, here are five diagnostic tools that can help.

3. Vulnerable home networks

With the significant increase of remote and hybrid working, it's more crucial than ever for staff to secure their home networks.

To help resolve this, you can use a VPN service to encrypt your network. Another option is to deploy an SDWAN network so staff can get secure access to company software as well as provide security awareness training for your staff.

4. Unsafe devices 

Alongside vulnerable home networks, there is also the problem of unsecured home devices.

A strong BYOD policy will help your business. This policy can vary in what it contains, but typically covers permitted devices and permitted applications so staff know exactly what they are allowed to use.

Here is a guide from IBM on how to create your own

5. Unencrypted file sharing 

Secure file sharing is essential, especially when the contents contain sensitive information.

Using tools with inbuilt security such as Microsoft 365 and Teams will make this a lot easier. Of course, using the VPN and SD-WAN technologies supports this as well and strong password protection best practice.

Supercharge your network security

Sixty-one percent of CSIOs and CIOs expect an increase in business email compromise

going forward. It's one of the many emerging security threats you need to prepare for.

Luckily, there are some surefire ways to protect your business - from using SD-WAN to building a comprehensive BYOD policy.

If you'd like our help with boosting your protection, you can get in touch with of our

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