Survey report highlights the extent to which remote working has affected organizations’ security posture
- Published: Tuesday, 13 July 2021 08:10
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd has published the results from a recent survey showing how organizations have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly when it comes to IT and security strategies.
Uncovering the extent to which remote working has affected organizations’ security posture, operational overheads and impact on users, key findings from the survey of 450 global IT and security professionals include:
- Remote work brings increased risk: according to 45 percent of all respondents, organizations are at higher risk of cyber attacks as they shift to remote working. The industries that reported the highest level of cyber attacks were finance (54 percent), utilities (52 percent) and manufacturing (47 percent).
- Administration challenges: the top three issues IT and security professionals contend with are scaling performance (46 percent), addressing privacy and data sovereignty concerns (42 percent) and supporting remote access for employees’ unmanaged devices (40 percent).
- Strategies for scaling remote access: to meet the hike in demand for remote working, 69 percent of security professionals report they are adding on-prem capacity; 66 percent are moving to cloud-based security and surprisingly, 36 percent do both.
- Protecting remotely accessed apps: when enabling remote access to corporate apps, 70 percent consider the security of applications against cyber attacks and zero-day threats to be of high importance.
- Adopting SASE technology: 94 percent are familiar with the secure access service edge (SASE) framework, but adoption is slow, with 9 percent having already implemented it and 21 percent planning to do so.