The post-COVID world has seen more organizations adopt remote and hybrid work, allowing employees the flexibility to work from anywhere (WFA). While the move to a remote-hybrid work model for business operations comes with several benefits — like reduced cost and employee retention — it has not been without some challenges. For one, the proliferation of remote-hybrid work also meant that more organizations began migrating their workloads to multi-cloud environments as teams sought to work effectively without interruptions. In fact, one article on Forbes notes that the cloud is the backbone of remote work.
But with more employees working remotely from different parts of the world and sensitive data moving across multi-cloud and hybrid IT architectures, companies are faced with several security risks. From unsecured Wi-Fi networks used by employees to weaker security controls, to cloud misconfigurations, and more, the WFA model has widened the attack surface more than ever before. To put this in a practical perspective, Fortinet’s most recent “Work-From-Anywhere Global Study” shows that over the past 2 to 3 years since COVID-19, “nearly two-thirds of companies have experienced a data breach due to their WFA-employee vulnerabilities.”