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Survey reveals organizations’ security priorities for 2021 and beyond

Check Point has released the findings of a new survey, which shows organizations’ key cyber security priorities and challenges through to 2023, and highlights the changes to their security strategies forced by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.

Over half of respondents said their organizations are seeing more attacks and threats now than at the start of 2020.  The majority believe their approach to security will not return to its pre-pandemic state, with just one in five saying that their security operations have returned to what they were. 

Key findings from the survey of over 600 IT security professionals around the world are:

  • Organizations’ biggest security challenges going into 2021: security for employees working remotely is the leading challenge (cited by 47 percent), followed by preventing phishing and social engineering attacks (42 percent), maintaining secure remote access (41 percent), and protecting cloud applications and infrastructure (39 percent). 
  • Security priorities for the next two years:  The leading priorities through to 2023 are securing remote working, endpoint and mobile security, and securing public or multiple clouds, clearly ahead of issues such as IoT security and email security.
  • 2020’s shift in security strategies:  95 percent of respondents said their strategies had changed in the second half of the year, the biggest being enabling remote working at scale. Only just over a quarter said they had accelerated existing security projects during 2020, showing that for the majority, their pandemic response involved an unplanned re-invention of their business model.
  • The new normal is here to stay for many:  about half of all respondents believed that their approach to security will not return to pre-pandemic norms.  While 29 percent said that they expect a return to pre-COVID operations at some point in the future, and just 20 percent believed their situation has now returned to what it was.

The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research, with 613 respondents from organizations globally.  All respondents have responsibility for IT security within their organizations. 

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