When government and local officials across the globe required citizens to shelter in place and cease on-premises work, organizations had to rapidly expand remote work from home capabilities. Rather than just a short-lived inconvenience, this emergency workplace shift will have broader and more permanent transformation for secure remote access. We are at a new stage of workforce mobility, one that looks to require more flexible, secure and increased permanent remote work infrastructures. These new initiatives also come with many other work from home (WFH) considerations and implications around remote work expansion, security challenges and increased attack vectors, accelerated migration to cloud, and user productivity.
In May 2020, we worked with Cybersecurity Insiders and polled over 400 IT security decision practitioners on how enterprises responded to the need for expedited work from home adoption. The objective was to provide valuable peer insights. and with this new data we produced the 2020 Remote Work From Home Cybersecurity Report. There is quite a bit of useful information including that 84% of companies anticipate increasing remote access and permanent WFH adoption beyond the pandemic beyond the health crisis.
Despite a third of respondents feeling ill-prepared for the emergency shift to WFH, businesses now having more than 76% of their employees working from home compared to just 25% at the close of 2019 – what are the security and compliance risks of such a rapid evolution? The research shows that 65% of organizations now allowed access from personal and unmanaged devices, which contributed to 69% (of those survey) expressing strong security concerns for remote work that included endpoint security, unauthorized access, and compliance violations. There are also concerns surrounding application exposures, such as file sharing (68%), web apps (47%), and video conferencing (45%) risks.
While organizations were able to budget for immediate WFH need, over half of organizations expect to increase WHF / secure access expenditure. It’s not a surprise that the mass adoption of WFH has also given leadership the opportunity to consolidate access management solutions and consider a platform approach – highlighting the need for enterprises to adopt holistic secure access strategies for more flexible and economic work within hybrid IT environments.
The data is in and it shows companies embracing WFH and remote access to hybrid IT resources as a permanent business initiative to increase productivity, offset operational costs, ensure continuity and address post-COVID19 health crisis and economic recovery. More so, an expanded work environment that is secure access forward and WFH flexible .
One thing is for sure, sharing information on trends, perceptions, experiences and best practices is key. Read the full report, view a quick infographic and check out our secure access readiness guide.