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WFH Concern! 73% of Executives Worried About Distributed Workforce Risks

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Cybersecurity management firm Skybox Security stated that 73% of security and IT executives across the globe are concerned about new vulnerabilities and risks introduced due to the distributed workforce. In its survey “Cybersecurity in the new normal,” Skybox Security highlighted that 2020 will be a record-breaking year for new vulnerabilities with a 34% increase year-over-year.

The report, which surveyed 295 global executives, found that organizations are overconfident in their security posture. Skybox suggested that new strategies are required to secure a long-term remote working environment.

Key Findings:

  • Over 30% of security executives said software updates and BYOD policies were deprioritized. Further, 42% noted reporting was deprioritized since the onset of the pandemic.
  • Around 32% had difficulties validating if network and security configurations undermined security posture. 55% admitted that it was at least moderately difficult for them to validate network and security configurations did not increase risk.
  • Security teams are overconfident in security posture. Only 11% confirmed they could confidently maintain a holistic view of their organizations’ attack surfaces. Shockingly, 93% of security executives were still confident that changes were correctly validated.
  • And 70% of respondents projected that at least one-third of their employees will remain remote 18 months from now.

Gidi Cohen, Co-founder and CEO, Skybox Security, said, “Traditional detect-and-respond approaches are no longer enough. A radical new approach is needed – one that is rooted in the development of preventative and prescriptive vulnerability and threat management practices. To advance change, it is integral that everything, including data and talent, is working towards enriching the security program as a whole.”