Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 13 - Page 19



tThe Changing Nature of Remote Access

Even before the pandemic , the lines between office and home life had begun to blur . In 2019 , ESG research found that employees spent an average of six hours per week doing work-related tasks outside of office hours , with 68 % of respondents indicating that this occurred multiple times per week . Most commonly , this involved something simple , such as checking email , though some employees regularly worked outside of the office , necessitating remote access to corporate applications and resources . However , the scale of this dynamic fundamentally changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic . In fact , ESG research has found that an average of 61 % of employees now work remotely , more than three times the number prior to the pandemic . just two years ago . Historically , the changing threat landscape , both in terms of volume and complexity , has been the most common driver of these difficulties . However , a staggering 41 % of respondents indicated that the increase in remote workers was among the factors most responsible for making cybersecurity and management more difficult over the last two years . Further , four of the top six reasons are directly related to securing user access to corporate resources , including the number of cloud applications supported , the number of devices used , and the necessity of providing third-party access . p
These trends are critically important , as the exodus of employees from corporate locations coupled with the increasing use of cloud-based resources are among the biggest drivers of cybersecurity complexity today . Overall , 59 % of ESG research respondents indicate that cybersecurity is more difficult today than it was
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