The massive experiment with remote work in the wake of the pandemic puts sensitive company data at risk — from your own employees and from third-party workers. We show the steps functional leaders can take to heighten safeguards.

Most security failures originate from an organization’s own employees, according to our data privacy research. In the work-from-home environment, assurance leaders must:

  • Work with the chief information security officer and IT to communicate cybersecurity guidance. Remind employees that rules regarding proper email protocols must be followed outside the office.
  • Check that remote work policies include measures to safeguard company data — and then distribute (or redistribute) the policies.
  • Guard against an increase in phishing and malware attacks exploiting virus-related anxiety.
  • Confirm that vendors also have adequate work-from-home policies and strong privacy and cybersecurity standards.