Half of organizations fear that remote working has increased cyber breach risks
- Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2021 13:41
LogMeIn has released a new survey report conducted in partnership with IDG to understand the relationship between IT and productive, safe remote work. working arrangement, many are re-evaluating the solutions they need. The survey revealed a growing concern amongst organizations that, despite being more than twelve months into a pandemic, their organisations were still not sufficiently supporting secure remote access and work. Of those surveyed in the UK, 56 percent of CIOs, CTOs and IT decision makers said that workforce productivity is significantly dependent on remote technology, and yet only two in five UK organizations (41 percent) expect to increase their investment in remote work tools and solutions in 2021.
This is concerning considering the growing number of organizations being targeted by cybercriminals looking to take advantage of coronavirus confusion, which has been made worse by:
- 80 percent of organizations have a portion of their workforce using their own personal computers to work from home;
- Two in five UK organizations have more than 50 percent of their workforce reliant on at-home Wi-Fi networks;
- Effective IT/Helpdesk support, cyber security management, and providing secure access to data were amongst the most pressing challenges in supporting remote work for UK organizations
Given the above, it’s unsurprising that half of organizations fear that the increase in remote work and BYOD has already exposed their endpoints to a much greater risk of a security breach. And as a result, two in five IT decision makers are considering updating their IT and data security to boost their cooperate resilience.
As well as remote troubleshooting and onboarding for employees, remote access software allows IT departments to log all activity that occurs across the company network whether that be on laptop, mobile or tablet. The nature of the off-the-shelf solutions that many organizations reverted to at the beginning of the pandemic means that they are rarely equipped to span the network of an entire organization, leaving security gaps that put the business at risk. Of those surveyed in the UK, addressing these security gaps (33 percent) are one of the top motives for the CIOs, CTOs and IT decision makers who are looking to consolidate their remote work tools and solutions. Other motives for consolidating remote technology include scalability, costs, and performance issues.