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Working From Home May Be Here to Stay – Along With Its Security Challenges

April 14, 2020 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The coronavirus pandemic has sent many employees working from home – and a recent survey of HR professionals says that’s likely to continue, even after the immediate threat has passed. Is your organization prepared for this shift in business?

Nearly 50% of organizations are reporting that at least 81% of their employees are working from home during the pandemic, according to a Gartner survey of 229 human resources representatives. Another 15% said 61-80% of employees are working remotely.

As a result, more staffers are planning to work remotely more often in the future, which means organizations are going to have to develop new methods of management. While WFH employees are generally as productive as those who have to show up at the office, the flip side is that turnover risk is higher. A survey of 5,000 employees found “48% of fully remote employees exhibit high discretionary effort, versus 35% of employees who never work remotely.”

There’s also the added concern of cybersecurity. A new survey by Check Point and Dimensional research found that rapid changes to working practices and concerns about the pandemic are being exploited by cyber criminals, creating a series of new challenges for security professionals. Among those challenges:

  • An increase in security threats or attacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Added IT security challenges including provision of secure remote access, need for remote access scalable solutions, and WFH employees using shadow IT solutions (untested software, tools and services, etc.), and
  • Security risks of having to make rapid changes to enable remote working 55% felt that remote access security needed improving, while 49% are concerned about the need to scale-up endpoint security.