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Tuesday, 06 April 2021 10:54

Remote working to stay, so tools need to change: Bitglass

Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol

Security company Bitglass's latest Remote Workforce Security Report found a majority of organisations still have at least three-quarters of their employees working remotely.

The Bitglass 2021 Remote Workforce Security Report also found that 90% of organisations are likely to maintain high levels of remote work because of the productivity benefits it has brought.

Just over half of the respondents said their companies intend to make some positions permanently remote. The figure before the pandemic was one third.

However, there are still concerns about the security aspects of remote work.

Topping the list are data leaking through endpoints (68%), users connecting with unmanaged devices (59%), and access from outside the perimeter (56%).

The next three are maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements (45%), remote access to core business apps (42%), and loss of visibility over user activity (42%).

71% of respondents agreed with the proposition that their organisation will shift away from on-premises appliances and tools towards cloud equivalents in order to enable remote work.

One of the main problems with legacy tools was said to be bandwidth restrictions (mentioned by 41%).

55% said reliance on VPNs had been a challenge over the last year.

"Enabling the modern workforce requires more flexible IT ecosystems and calls for increased reliance on the cloud, as well as cloud security tools," said Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol.

"As we look ahead to what work will be like after COVID-19, there will be a need for a mixed IT and security environment as people will work both on and off premises. Embracing the cloud is critical for enabling this and should happen sooner rather than later."

Download the Bitglass 2021 Remote Workforce Security Report here.

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