Data on vulnerability during expanded telework conditions

The Cyber Readiness Institute, a nonprofit focused on small-business cybersecurity issues, released a survey finding widespread concerns on teleworking but limited policies, resources and training aimed at shoring up small and mid-sized businesses’ cyber resiliency amid the COVID-19 crisis.“Conducted from March 25-27, the survey of 412 small business owners found that half of all business owners are concerned that remote working will lead to more cyberattacks,” CRI said in a Thursday release. “Yet, nearly 40% feel that economic uncertainty will prevent them from making necessary cybersecurity investments.”According to CRI, “This is particularly concerning for companies with fewer than 20 employees as the survey showed they were distinctly unprepared for remote working. Only 22% provided additional cybersecurity training prior to enabling remote working and just 33% provided “any cybersecurity training.” The survey found that “Only 40% of small businesses have implemented a remote work policy focused on cybersecurity as a result of coronavirus (only 25% of those with less than 20 employees)” and that “51% said they provided their employees with technologies to improve cybersecurity for remote workers (only 34% for companies under 20 employees).”Among respondents, the survey found “55% believe that federal and state governments should provide products and funding for cybersecurity.”

by Doug Depeepe, ESQ