Hacking of remote utility employees shows challenges of a mobile workforce
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- Jul 30, 2020 8:43 pm GMTJul 30, 2020 7:42 pm GMT
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A mobile, remote workforce, was where the labor market was headed before the pandemic, but the massive, forced experiment of teleworking brought on by the spread of the virus has laid bare the vulnerabilities of the remote and mobile work method. Nowhere has this been more true than the utility sector.
Utility workers, just like many in the labor force, have been sent home en masse to work from their couches and home offices, where the possibility and vulnerability of being hacked increases significantly unless your home office is decked out with the same high-end security technology that corporate offices have. A recent article from Bloomberg reported that utilities were facing increasing attacks since the pandemic began. Teleworking contributes to this.