As a study by Kaspersky has shown, over a quarter of the work equipment (laptops, smartphones & PCs) from employers do not have any additional security software. This could make companies vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Now that employees are working from home more than ever before, it has become more and more important for companies to make the devices that are issued that are connected to the company network secure.

According to Kaspersky:

23% of desktops and 17% of UK employer-supplied laptops do not have cybersecurity software installed. 23% of employees who are equipped with a company smartphone do not have adequate antivirus software on their devices. An estimated 48% of the UK's 32.9 million workers worked remotely during the pandemic - this is alarming.

Much is written about the risk inherent in fraud, phishing attacks and other forms of malicious IT security threats. The IT managers often have difficulties in completely warding off these attacks. A survey conducted by an email security company (GreatHorn) found that companies experience approx. 1,200 phishing attacks. As a result, many companies have gradually increased internal controls and protective measures. The IT managers concentrate on promoting safety in the workplace and maintaining the protection of critical functions and services. The employer must also ensure that employees are familiar with the security software. So they should know how to install the antivirus software or check the status. It is especially important when working from home on personal or corporate devices.

BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) has also become more commonplace since the pandemic, as many companies struggle to equip every employee.

More than half (57%) of Kaspersky respondents stated that they use their personal smartphone to check business email, 36% use their personal laptop or desktop at work. Personal devices are even less protected: according to Kaspersky, almost half (47%) of personal smartphones lack antivirus software, along with 43% of tablets, making these devices more vulnerable to cyber threats.

Overall, the survey found that UK consumers are more likely to keep their computers safe from cyberattacks but leave their mobile devices unsecured.

A fifth (21%) thought their phone couldn't be hacked.