Telework rush leaves Japanese companies at risk of cyberattack

A hurried shift to telework is leaving Japanese companies open to cyberattacks through videoconferencing services, cloud storage and unsecure internet connections, according to security experts.

“There are no borders in the cyberworld, so malicious attacks from outside targets on Japanese companies and employees are increasing because we are not familiar with teleworking,” said Kenji Uesugi, a cybersecurity consultant with PwC Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s emergency declaration has prompted a range of Japanese companies to supply employees with equipment to ensure business continuity while sheltering at home. But it has been a halting start for a professional culture largely unfamiliar

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