US Security Firms Issue Increased Phishing Warnings As Employees Prepare To Work From Home For Big Labor Day Weekend

Americans are gearing up for Labor Day and with preparations in full swing comes some alarming news from security firms about an increase in phishing threats.

Most employees ditch the office and prefer to work remotely and that means their employers are at an increased risk of security threats, the recently published survey from California firm Lookout went on to add.

The company delineated how a survey carried out in the month of August revealed that 85% of the workforce at big businesses had the feasibility of working remotely. Therefore, they’re now planning to skip the office and kickstart the mega three-day long weekend starting today, which is the start of the month of September.

This means a huge chunk of those particular employees will be working through mobile devices. And that creates the ultimate scenario by which hackers can launch phishing attempts.

Given the huge figure of individuals who work remotely in the American nation, we’re bound to see bad actors take center stage and that’s just a good opportunity to roll out a huge figure of phishing attempts that target audiences.

Today, close to 68% of American employees mentioned that they utilize personal devices during their remote working hours and that enhances the chances of being a victim of the growing rise in phishing attempts.

See, the logic is simple. When you work from home, you’re less likely to be under the control of your employer and are resorting to either your home’s PC, tab, or smartphone to get the task done.

The survey also proved how 80% of employees who worked from home on a day like Friday in the summertime were likely to be suffering from all sorts of distractions and that made them all the more susceptible to getting targeted or attacked.

Furthermore, the results proved that a whopping 13% even mentioned how they fell prey to phishing attempts while they were working on a remote basis.

More matters of concern relating to employers is how their workers would cope in a situation where they were attacked. And close to 25% said they’ll carry on with business operations as per usual basis.

Just 9% of employees who were involved in phishing attempts added that they weren’t interested in reporting attacks at all unless the weekend was over. So that means waiting to tell their employers until Monday.

And as much as employers would prefer their workers to do tasks from the office, they just couldn’t force them and hence failed to serve as a good option.

Even more shocking is how a whopping 65% majority revealed that they would quit their jobs if the firm’s rules regarding remote work started to change.

And during this stage in time, we’re never going to be able to return to that sort of working culture where people were restricted to work from offices and the concept of remote work didn’t exist.

This particular survey was linked to findings seen from the worldwide report for State of Mobile Phishing. Those industries that were heavily targeted included the likes of banking, health, finance, and insurance.

In 2022 alone, we saw close to 50% of workers’ personal devices involved in phishing attempts each quarter. And that’s not all. The report also displayed the alarming fact that users who clicked on phishing email links were doing so while using their mobile devices and each year, that figure keeps getting higher.

Therefore, the best way to prevent such endeavors is by taking on the zero-trust work initiative for policies like Bring Your Own Device. Additionally, greater monitoring and stricter means for data access.

Via: FreePik

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