Securing Remote Employees is the Top 2021 Cybersecurity Challenge for Organizations
Security vendor CheckPoint provides insight into what are the organizational cybersecurity priorities for next two years, as well as where cybersecurity is going to be challenging.
It’s no secret; cybersecurity has become much harder this year. The pandemic has taken a toll on every organization’s cybersecurity posture, making it increasingly more difficult as more users want to work from home and cybercriminals step up their game to take advantage of this “new normal.”
New survey data from CheckPoint highlights where the problems are and what organizations are planning on doing about it:
- 58% of organizations feel they are facing an increase in cyberattacks since the pandemic
- 95% say they changed security strategies mid-year
- The two biggest security challenges are remote workers (47% of orgs) and protecting against phishing and social engineering attacks (42%)
- Securing remote working is the top priority for the next two years (cited by 61% of orgs)
- Half of orgs say their new security approach is here to stay, even after the pandemic subsides.
With a remote workforce, it’s imperative that organizations look to improve the security posture, even by those users working on a home network and a personal device. Security Awareness Training is the one part of your security strategy that can be easily applied regardless of where the user works, what device they are on, etc.
Organizations look to be getting serious about how they will maintain the same levels of security they’ve enjoyed for years within the corporate network now that a material portion of their workforce works remotely. Ensuring the user plays a part of that strategy is going to be the critical element to determine whether the org is truly secure moving forward.