A product manager for a software company in Massachusetts juggles work with home responsibilities while petting his family's dog. Today’s columnist, Malcolm Murphy of Infoblox, offers tips for defending remote workers from cyberattacks. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation with remote workers going from 20 percent to more than 80 percent of the employed population. In the wake of the shutdown, security attacks are on the rise as corporate networks expand from the headquarters to thousands of remote home locations. 

Insecure Wi-Fi connections, shadow IoT devices, and lax home security policies create new vulnerabilities for companies. As a result of this expanded threat surface, IT professionals fight an increasing amount of cybersecurity issues while facing a shortage of cybersecurity experts. In light of these challenges, IT and security professionals must shift to a proactive security model. Three such defenses include:   

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