#Privacy: Most organisations not equipped to work from home securely

Despite 84% of organisations continuing to work from home beyond lockdown, most are not sufficiently equipped to do so securely. 

In the latest 2020 Remote Workforce Report, Bitglass surveyed IT professionals to better understand how prepared their businesses were for the sudden shift in working remotely amidst the global pandemic. 

The report revealed that organisations are struggling to adjust, to which 41% of businesses have not taken steps to expand secure access for the remote workforce. Half of those surveyed cited proper equipment as the biggest obstacle to doing so. 

When asked what their organisations are primarily concerned with securing whilst employees work remotely, nearly two thirds (65%) of IT professionals stated securing network access, followed by securing access to SaaS apps like Slack (55%), and bringing their own device/personal devices (55%). 

Application types that organisations are most concerned about securing include file sharing (68%), web applications (47%), and video conferencing (45%). 

In regards to the most concerning threat vectors for remote work, respondents cited malware (72%) and unauthorised user access (59%). Despite this, the report revealed a lack of deployment in security tools like single sign-on (45%), data loss prevention (18%) and user and entity behaviour analytics (11%). With anti-malware being the most utilised security tool for remote work. 

“This research indicates that many organizations are not implementing the security measures necessary to protect their data in the current business environment,” said Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass. “For example, while respondents said that the pandemic has accelerated the migration of user workflows and applications to the cloud, most are not employing cloud security solutions like single sign-on (SSO), data loss prevention, zero trust network access, or cloud access security brokers. 

“On top of that, 84% of organizations reported that they are likely to continue to support remote work capabilities even after stay at home orders are lifted. To do this safely, they must prioritize securing data in any app, any device, anywhere in the world.”

Shockingly, the report revealed that 63% of respondents stated that remote work was likely to impact their compliance with regulatory mandates; 50% named GDPR specifically. 


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