Vincent Fabian Thomas (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta
Fri, July 16, 2021

The Work-from-Home (WFH) agreement to curb COVID-19 transmission exposes companies to cyber threats as unconscious employees connect to office networks from PCs, experts warned.

According to the National Cyber ​​and Encryption Agency (BSSN), cyber attacks in Indonesia almost doubled to more than 495 million cases in 2020, the highest number the agency, founded in 2017, has ever recorded.

BSSN spokesman Anton Setiawan told The Jakarta Post that the COVID-19 pandemic played a role in the sudden surge in cyberattacks. He said the outbreak, particularly the WFH mandate, has forced both corporations and government institutions to conduct operations through digital channels.

Working from outside the office deprives employees of the company’s core cybersecurity protection as they have personal or even public contacts.

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