Cyber & Remote Working | Wilson Organisation


August 6, 2020

Cyber & Remote Working

Cyber & Remote Working

Before the pandemic, the words ‘Zoom Bombing’ would make most of think of sunny poolside days with kids smiling with glee as they soak one another with maximum force. In 2020 this phrase refers to just one of the ways that cybercriminals are capitalising on our need to work remotely. As many organisations offer home working as a way mitigating the COVID risk to both their staff and the business as a whole, many are finding themselves vulnerable to cyber attacks.

IT professionals have seen a rise of over 20% on attacks on remote workers, and all find that the threats are significantly harder to trace over home networks.

While we get to grips with what the pandemic means for our businesses we are already vulnerable, so the additional risk of phishing or malware or any cyber-attack needs to be managed, cybersecurity needs to be at the top of our risk agendas.

Cyber risk mitigation is about people. The most significant risk to your organisation is your remote working team; home workers tend to be less vigilant about security so your team must be encouraged to stay alert. Simple steps such as using encryption and multi-factor authentication can go a long way to protecting workers.

When remote working, avoiding public WI-Fi is sound advice as well as encouraging your teams to use password managers. Organisations should use a virtual private network to add a security gateway.

9 out of 10 staff believe that security is their employer’s responsibility, so training staff on the risks they may face and how to manage their online security is essential.

With home working comes the joys of sharing devices and the network with your family. The cybercriminals are very aware of this, and we have seen attacks which have specifically targeted the children of remote workers, while uncommon, it is a risk. That brings us back to our zoom bombing kids. It doesn’t take long for children to create havoc on any devices; this can be reputational, financial or result in a security breach. Therefore all apps should be password protected.

The remote working revolution is here, and every day thousands of us are working from home without any security breaches. Still, for this to work well into the future, we must be aware of the potential risks and how to mitigate them. Every organisation needs to talk about their risk and to create a strategy to deal with any security breach or attack.

Cyber insurance is more crucial than ever as attacks and data breaches increase in both frequency and sophistication. Having the right cover in place will support and protect your business if it is the subject of an attack by a malicious hacker or experiences a data breach. It not only provides comprehensive cover but will provide you with a trusted partner to support your business, and your remote workers, in the event of a cyber attack.

A range of insurance products have been developed to meet the increasing demand for cover, so not only is there a product available to suit your specific business needs, but it’s also far more cost effective than ever before. 

Working with us to put the right cover in place and mitigate your risk will help you to build peace of mind and resilience in your business. Just get in touch with your usual account executive or contact Charlotte Perkins on 0115 942 0111 or email 

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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