The novel coronavirus prompted companies to push telecommuting to record levels to keep employees safe earlier this year.

But the use of home internet connections for work involves higher risk than using company networks, which are generally protected by firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and web filtering.

The importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. A report by U.S. mobile carrier Verizon in May based on an analysis of 157,525 online incidents in 81 countries in the year ended October 2019 says 45 percent of breaches involved hacking, 86 percent were financially motivated and 27 percent of malware incidents could be attributed to ransomware.