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BlackBerry has issued a new report with survey findings that recognise the security challenges organizations are currently facing and the global need for a better security solution to protect enterprises and their employees and clients. The abrupt shift to a more distributed workforce fuelled by COVID-19 has exposed organizations to new risks from employees accessing enterprise networks from insecure home networks and devices – presenting threat actors with greater opportunities for intrusion.

IDG conducted the survey of 300 IT professionals on behalf of BlackBerry in late 2020. It revealed that IT leaders are concerned about risks to the enterprise from poorly secured desktops, laptops, smartphones, and other BYOD endpoint devices connecting to their corporate networks. Many were supporting a substantial remote workforce at the time of the survey and expected to do so for at least the next six months. Concerns are high over the security status of the devices employees will bring back with them to the office after using them on a home network for many months without proper controls in place to prevent unauthorised access.

Key findings include:

  • More than one third (35 percent) of respondents are unsure of the ability of their IT infrastructure to securely support a remote workforce.
  • Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of those representing financial organizations, 62 percent of respondents from the manufacturing sector, and 57 percent from the technology industry expressed the same concern over the availability of security skills and awareness.
  • Nine in ten respondents are concerned – 35 percent are ‘very concerned’ – about workers returning to offices with unpatched systems and out-of-date software.
  • More than 80 percent consider it ‘highly important’ to obtain better visibility into the security of employee mobile devices, the ability of their security policy to dynamically adapt, and consolidating incident detection and response across all corporate endpoints. 
  • Nine in 10 security professionals agree that the ability to detect threats when users are offline is ‘critical’ or ‘very important’. 
  • More than three-quarters (76 percent) are highly likely to deploy unified endpoint security (UES) as a managed service.

More than a year into the pandemic, security teams still struggle to continue to support remote employees as return-to-work plans remain uncertain. Challenges inherent in the shifting threat landscape accelerate the need for a secure UES solution to protect organizations, along with a better way to address risks tied to the shift to a remote or hybrid work environment. A substantial percentage of security professionals view a UES as critical to their ability to detect and respond to threats on traditional endpoints and, increasingly, on employee mobile devices.

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