57% remote workers in security risk during lockdown

Most IT leaders believe remote workers are a security risk for their organisations amid lockdown, as they can expose their company’s network to the threat of a data breach. A new survey by cyber security providers, shows 57% IT decision-makers in the UK believe workforce remote practices put the organisation data under threat. This figure has inclined steadily from 44% in 2018 and 50% in 2019.

Last year, 47% of IT leaders in the UK admitted their remote workers had already knowingly put corporate data at risk of a breach; this has now dropped slightly to 44%.

As the report stresses, apathy continues to be a major problem in IT, as 34% of results show remote workers simply do not care about security. These results are like those results in 2019, and they suggest organisations are really struggling to get employees to buy into the security strategy.

Despite this fact, 87% of IT leaders and CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) agree that their organisations’ remote workers are aware of cyber security risks and practices, and follow required policies, such as GDPR. Remote working is not new in the UK, but with so many employees working remotely, maintaining cyber security can be hard for some businesses.

While progress has been made in some key areas since 2019, some of the same risks – due to apathy or error – remain a problem. During these unprecedented times when UK workers are being urged to work from home, cyber security is a priority for everyone.

The importance of endpoint control is essential. Organisations have increasingly recognised the importance of endpoint control, as remote working has become more prevalent during the last month. Nearly all respondents (96%) in this recent survey mitigate the risks of own devices with a security strategy that covers employees’ use of their own IT equipment out of the office. Of those, 42% allow the use of only those devices that have been provisioned or approved by IT teams. This is a positive step, as just 1% were practising this approach in 2019!

At RedSpam we already listed our Cyber security Best Practices During Coronavirus Outbreak {hyperlink article}, and the need for organisations to facilitate effective and secure remote working is more important than ever.

“There are still some focus areas for both individuals and business to be aware of, such as traditional attack methods like phishing or data loss. Strengthening endpoint controls allows organisations to trust in the integrity of their data and systems, whether devices or employees are off-company premises.

Increasing awareness among employees is fundamental and, although awareness of against cyber threats has improved in recent years, training is measurable and an opportunity to find and address your vulnerabilities”, says Heather Menzies, at RedSpam.

RedSpam has launched different trials, free services for customers (RedSpam DDoS Monitoring and Mitigation Solution), and special offers across all areas of its cyber security portfolio to help UK businesses, so just get in contact with our team of experts in cyber security and we will happy to help your organisation during these difficult times.