About 60 percent of companies in London and southeast England have seen increased risks to their IT infrastructure because of remote working, according to a survey by international law firm Bird & Bird.

Another 88 percent expect the risks to continue for at least the next year, the poll showed.

Almost half of the 400 executives surveyed said they have recorded a rise in the number of cyberattacks since March 2020, while 57 percent of those working in financial services saw such an increase.

“Cybercriminals are seeing a more target-rich environment because of people working from home, using [vulnerable] systems,” Bird & Bird partner Simon Shooter told Infosecurity Magazine. “Companies need to make sure they have a holistic approach to security; you’re only as secure as your leakiest point.”

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