Shawn Smith, director of infrastructure at application security provider nVisium, pointed out that the transition to a remote work style has changed the attack vector for spyware slightly.

“For example, in the past, all the networking gear in an office would be tightly controlled, monitored and patched for security issues as needed,” he said. “However, in a world where employees can work from anywhere, their home networking equipment becomes a new security issue.”

Smith said with such a wide variety of equipment that can be used, often in an unmaintained and unsecured state, this makes the issue of spyware much harder to defend against.

“You have to double your efforts on the security and encryption of the devices you can control, such as the employee’s corporate computer, and rely less on the network monitoring approach that was used in the past,” he said.

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