The U.S. may be reopening, but a large number of workers will not be returning to their workplaces for some time, if ever. SHRM reports that Capital One, Microsoft, Amazon, and Zillow plan to allow many of their employees to continue working from home through the fall and beyond, and Google made headlines after offering all of its employees $1,000 to outfit their home offices. Countless small and medium-sized businesses are taking cues from multinationals and allowing their employees to continue working remotely at least part of the time.
Unfortunately, a new survey finds that the overwhelming majority of remote workers are putting their employers at risk by engaging in poor password security practices. As reported by SC Magazine, an astonishing 93% of at-home workers admit to reusing passwords across accounts, while 29% allow family members to use their company-provided devices.
Meanwhile, 40% of IT teams have not increased their cybersecurity protocols since the office exodus began, despite the fact that their new or expanded remote workforces have caused cyberattacks on their organizations to grow significantly. For example, two-thirds of WFH employees surveyed said they used third-party collaboration tools. These platforms have become very popular targets for cybercriminals.
Keeper Secures Your Remote Workers’ Passwords
Even prior to COVID-19 making WFH commonplace, data breaches were growing more frequent, attacks were becoming more sophisticated, and most successful data breaches were the result of weak or compromised passwords. Unfortunately, many organizations struggled with visibility into their employee password practices, and these issues compounded once employees began working remotely.
Keeper’s zero-knowledge password management and security platform provide organizations complete visibility into employee password practices, enabling IT administrators to monitor password use across the entire organization and enforce the use of strong, unique passwords, multi-factor authentication (2FA), role-based access control (RBAC), and other security policies.
Each employee receives a private, encrypted digital vault that they can access from any device using one master password — the only password the employee will ever have to remember. Keeper’s password manager generates strong, unique passwords for every account, and Keeper autofill feature KeeperFill automatically fills in login fields, so employees never have to reuse passwords or settle for weak passwords again.
IT administrators can fully customize employee permissions through fine-grained access controls based on their roles and responsibilities, as well as set up shared folders for individual departments, project teams, or any other group. For enhanced protection, organizations can deploy valuable add-ons such as Keeper Secure File Storage, which enables employees to securely store and share documents, images, videos, and even digital certificates and SSH keys; and BreachWatch™, which scans Dark Web forums and notifies organizations if any employee passwords have been compromised in a public data breach.
Keeper takes only minutes to deploy, requires minimal ongoing management, and scales to meet the needs of any size organization.