New study shows how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected companies’ security strategies

Check Point Software Technologies ‘new Remote and Hybrid Work Security study reveals how the global health crisis and the shift to teleworking have affected companies’ IT and security strategies

Check Point Software Technologies has just released their new Remote and Hybrid Work Security study, which uncovers how companies’ IT and security strategies have been impacted by the global health crisis.

The study shows that while more employees access the company’s network from a distance, several companies also use cloud-based security solutions and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions, which solve the limitations of traditional network architecture, converged networks and cloud security.

In addition, the study shows, among other things, that:

  • Remote work increases the risk of attack: 75 percent of all respondents answer that the risk of cyber attacks increases with more teleworking.
  • Administration is a challenge: The three biggest challenges that IT and security employees experience are scaling performance (46 percent), managing data protection (42 percent) and ensuring remote access to the company’s network from employees’ private devices.
  • Scaling security for remote access: To meet the increase in the number working remotely, as many as 69 percent of IT security staff say they are adding on-prem security capacity; 66 percent say they switch to cloud-based security, and 36 percent say they do both.
  • Securing apps: When remote workers gain access to the company’s applications, as many as 70 percent of respondents say they believe it is a high priority to secure these apps against cyber attacks and zero-day threats.
  • More will use SASE solutions: 94 percent are familiar with SASE technology, but only 9 percent have already implemented it. However, as many as 21 percent expect to implement a SASE solution in the future.

Untitled 8The shift to teleworking and the hybrid workplace is one of the biggest changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies have had to compromise on network performance and security across their distributed environments because they use several different solutions, ultimately leading to greater complexity and blurring of threats. This study clearly confirms that more companies are feeling vulnerable and that there is a shift towards cloud-based security. By using a SASE solution, companies can gather their cloud solutions and thereby minimize possible attack paths, which at the same time provides a better user experience for their employees, ”says Niels Zimmer Poulsen, Head of Security Engineering at Check Point Software Technologies in Denmark.

Source: IT-Kanalen by

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