The Changing Landscape of the Remote Workforce
Each year, the industry continues to see cyber security breaches and attacks increase in volume at a staggering pace. For example, there were 16,555 known security vulnerabilities logged in 2018; an increase of more than 10,000 since 2016 (according to the Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVE) list). Furthermore, there was an estimated $45 billion in business losses worldwide from cyber attacks (according to the Online Trust Alliance), and a 62% increase in malware detections in Q1 2019 (according to WatchGuard’s Internet Security Report). Amidst these increasing threats, organizations are having to adapt to a shifting network perimeter driven by an increasingly remote workforce. To better understand the state of remote workforce security, WatchGuard commissioned a survey of US-based IT administrators and managers.
The findings below show just how pervasive remote work has become.
With this growth, remote employees must be protected against phishing attacks, credential theft, advanced malware, virus infections, unauthorized access to corporate resources and much more. To accomplish this, organizations are deploying a variety of technologies to help secure off-network endpoints and offer effective protection for employees working outside the core network perimeter.
But, how well are they doing?