Securing the remote workforce has become a critical priority for organizations affected by the closing of offices and workplaces in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This Remote Workforce Security Report reveals the state of securing the new workforce, key challenges and unique security threats faced by organizations, technology gaps and preferences, investment priorities, and more.
Key findings include:
- Almost three-quarters of organizations are concerned about the security risks introduced by users working from home.
- The biggest remote work security concerns stem from data leaking through endpoints (27%), loss of visibility of user activity (25%), and maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements (24%).
- We asked what visibility organizations have over user activity if VPN is disabled by a remote worker. Seventy -three percent confirm they have, at best, partial visibility into user activity.
- Organizations prioritize human-centric visibility into remote employee activity (34%), followed by improved network analytics (30%) and next-generation anti-virus and endpoint detection and response (25%).
- Users start to mix personal use and corporate use on their work laptops, increasing the risk of drive-by-downloads (25%), users are more susceptible to phishing attacks at home (15%), and the organization no longer has visibility since most remote workers operate outside the corporate network (13%).