The remote shift has seen organizations struggle with network security

A Palo Alto survey found that 61% of companies struggled to provide necessary security supports for employees working remotely.

A survey conducted on behalf of California-based multinational cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks found that many companies have been grappling with security challenges presented by remote and hybrid working since the start of the pandemic.

Researchers from management consulting firm ONR surveyed more than 3,000 IT security workers in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to determine how the transition to remote working has affected IT security infrastructure. network security.

According to the research, 61% of organizations struggled to provide the necessary safety supports for employees working from home.

Additionally, organizations that have prioritized access over security face challenges, according to The State of Hybrid Workforce Security 2021 report, based on ONR research.

Many executives interviewed said they were concerned that the shortcuts taken by their organizations early in the pandemic would place their organizations in a higher risk position when it comes to network security. More than half (53 percent) of respondents from organizations that prioritized remote access over remote network security are now exposed to significant security risks due to policy violations uncontrolled acceptable use practices and the use of unauthorized applications.

Nearly half (48%) of organizations said they had compromised security or increased their security risk due to lack of enforcement of security policies and allowing remote employees more leeway than normally acceptable .

More than a third said their employees deliberately disabled the remote security measures they had in place. This is despite the fact that many of those surveyed were actively optimizing their workforces for long-term hybrid work. About 62% said they were going through the process, while 94% said they were considering some sort of hybrid working model over the next year.

As for how security concerns would factor into these changing ways of working, most (71%) said they expected their security to be mostly or completely in the cloud over the next two coming years.

Before the pandemic, many organizations had started migrating to the cloud, but the pandemic rushed that process or caused them to abandon it in favor of remote network access. However, 67% of respondents took action during the height of the pandemic to improve the safety of their remote workers.

The report also highlighted the importance of preventing security-damaging behaviors among employees, such as using personal devices to conduct company business and connecting to external networks while working remotely.

Overall, the majority of respondents said they plan to increase their investment in remote access security over the next year, with 54% saying they expect to spend more than $5 million on remote security, up from 31% the year before.

Recently, Silicon Republic’s Infosec Week allowed us to examine some of the challenges enterprises face in adapting to the post-pandemic cybersecurity landscape, and what organizations can do to prevent security breaches.

Kevin M. Risinger