With more and more companies choosing to allow for flexible (hybrid/remote) work environments post-pandemic, we investigated the unique cyberthreats employees working from home face.
Palo Alto analysis focused primarily on trends in Palo Alto firewall traffic and phishing pages detected by our URL Filtering service from September 2019 to April 2021. We found that in early 2020, when employees were making the shift to working from home, there was a significant drop in traffic coming through our URL Filtering service, coinciding with a significant increase in the number of new phishing pages per week. This suggests that at the peak of remote work, right when the smallest percentage of end-user traffic was being protected by corporate firewalls, threat actors were putting out more phishing attacks than ever.
Source: Palo Alto