Remote work and work from home have become commonplace in software development. When done properly, it allows software teams to collaborate from anywhere, which can potentially reduce company overhead, boost productivity, and aid recruitment.
But without the right security measures in place, developing from home can increase an organization’s exposure to security breaches. Some of the common risks that a developer might face when working from home include:
- Malware: any software created with hostile intentions, such as restricting access to data or destroying it completely
- Phishing: a form of trickery aiming to get the user to click on a bad link or volunteer information
- Data theft: attacks targeted at gaining access to private or sensitive data
- Ransomware: software that locks out users from systems and demands a ransom in exchange for not deleting or making data public
- Spyware: software that won’t make itself known to you and will share your activities and data with a malicious actor