Intelligent CIO North America Issue 3 - Page 28


84 % of businesses will likely increase WFH capacity beyond pandemic despite security concerns

IT decision-makers to expand work-from-home initiatives as two-thirds prepare for increased malware , phishing and unauthorised user and device access exposures .

Despite security issues and concerns

resulting from the massive and sudden increase in work-fromhome ( WFH ) initiatives caused by the global COVID-19 healthcare crisis , onethird ( 38 %) of US companies observed productivity gains during remote work and a staggering 84 % anticipate broader and more permanent WFH adoption beyond the pandemic . These results are based on the findings of new data released by Pulse Secure , a leading provider of softwaredefined Secure Access solutions .
The 2020 Remote Work-From-Home Cybersecurity Report , sponsored by Pulse Secure and produced by cybersecurity Insiders , offers an in-depth perspective on WFH challenges , concerns , strategies and anticipated outcomes . The survey , conducted in May of 2020 , polled over 400 IT security decision practitioners across a broad representation of industries and companies between 500 and over 5,000 employees . The survey found that 33 % of US companies anticipate some positions moving to permanent remote work and over half ( 55 %) plan to increase their budget for secure remote work in the near-term .
The research indicates that three-quarters of businesses now have more than 76 % of their employees working from home compared to just under 25 % at the close of 2019 . While a third of respondents cited their business being ‘ ill prepared or not prepared ’ for remote working , 75 % of businesses were able to transition to remote working within 15 days . Surprisingly , less than a third expressed cost or budget problems , demonstrating the urgency to support their business . Additionally , more than half ( 54 %) expressed that COVID-19 has accelerated migration of users ’ workflows and applications to the cloud .
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