At a time when organizations should be implementing additional security measure to ensure the logical perimeter of their network is protected, new research shows companies aren’t prepared.

You’d think everyone would have this figured out by now; the bad guys have been stepping things up to take advantage of users working remotely making it necessary to increase your cybersecurity stance.

But according to new research covering how organizations are managing their cybersecurity risk around remote work during COVID paints a very disturbing picture. According to the report, an average of about one-third of organizations are mandating any of the obvious security measures for employees when working remotely:

  • 65% of organizations are not mandating a secure WiFi be used
  • 69% aren’t requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • 69% aren’t using a VPN

The most disturbing is that 34% of employees say their employer hasn’t implemented any of these measures.

This isn’t good.

Organizations with a remote workforce need to double down on implementing a layered security strategy that takes into account the specific areas of risk that exist when a user works from home. Most importantly is the need for Security Awareness Training. According to the research, 68% of organization’s provided no training to their remote workforce. But, given the nature of cyberattacks, the use of social engineering, and the prevalent need for users to engage with malicious content before it can be weaponized, training them to be watchful for such attacks and maintain a state of vigilance is a key step towards keeping your remote workers – and the organization – secure.