Research from the ONS estimates that – at the height of the pandemic – a record 49.2 percent of employees worked remotely. It sparked widespread reliance on cloud-based collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, which quickly became synonymous with the crisis. By the end of April 2020, Teams use had grown to 75 million daily active users, adding 31 million in just over a month. Today, as businesses start to emerge from lockdown, it is becoming apparent that the new normal will be a hybrid mix of home and office working. While advice for employers is to start bringing people back into the workplace where it is safe to do so, it is unlikely there will be a widespread return to pre-COVID levels of office-based staff.
The flux between home and office networks exposes new entry points for cyber criminals  and, if access privileges are not managed carefully, it can leave organisations  exposed to fresh security exploits.
As businesses now embark on a new phase where flexible working is standard, and our reliance on cloud-based collaborative tools looks set to continue, here are some steps that all organisations can take to fine-tune their security and avoid any business disruption in the months ahead.
 
With remote access comes risks
Remote working carries a variety of different security risks. Cyber criminals are aware of this and are quick to probe for weaknesses. Brute force attacks against VPNs, alongside credentials phishing and command and control-based attacks are commonplace. The likely success of these attacks is heightened by the fact that many more workers are accessing corporate resources from personal machines and devices that do not meet corporate cyber security standards.
Applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Teams have made sharing data and collaboration between colleagues regardless of location extremely easy. However, what most troubles security professionals is what

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