Since the onset of COVID-19, organizations have been using digital tools more than ever to keep business operations functional. In order to operate efficiently, companies are seeking ways to improve their business processes. But how do VPs and CIOs really feel about the range of tools in their organization?
Enterprises are constantly looking for tools and solutions that improve their workflows and customer service process. Recently, a network security company Perimeter 81 released a report that provides a deeper look into how enterprise technology is impacting workplace processes. This data was collected from enterprise professionals, including VPs and CIOs. Here is the data from this report to get a better idea of how these tools influence workplace operations and security.
Remote work is here to stay
It seems that remote work is here to stay, as the limits of COVID-19 begin to rise. The data suggests that 87% of companies plan to maintain remote or mixed operating systems by 2022. In addition, 71% of remote workers are assigned to work from home for two days or more during the working week.
With all the benefits offered to employees and employers alike, it makes sense that organizations may want to continue remote team operations, and d continue to use the tools that make this work structure possible. However, as more business activities are distributed across multiple tools, companies are at risk of security breaches.
Areas That Need to Be Improved
While these tools may seem important, not all leaders in the organization feel that way. The report suggests that some VPs and CIOs believe that online tools can pose a cybersecurity risk for their businesses, and that using multiple tools may be less effective in the long run.
About 29% of CIOs and VPs feel that cyberbullying comes from too many tools almost always.
The pandemic introduced remote and hybrid structures to many organizations that had previously been confined to offices, using specific collaboration tools. Continuous operation, of course, will mean continuing to rely on these tools to keep the systems connected and functional.
Unfortunately, many leaders fear that this could lead to an increase in cybercrime. About 29% of CIOs and VPs feel that cyberbullying comes from too many tools at all, or almost always, happening. In addition, 67% of respondents in the survey feel that distributed workers make online safety much more difficult. In addition, 58% of respondents indicated that they felt they were facing a risk factor or threats related to poor cloud preparation.
Enterprises clearly need to understand how the complexity of the internet affects the security of an organization.
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Additional digital tools amplify the cyber complexity, which means there are other potential threats to deal with – for instance maybe a large-scale attack, caused by a wide network of endpoint devices accessing cloud services. In the survey, 58% of respondents indicated that they felt they were facing a risk factor or threats related to poor cloud preparation. Many companies consider ransomware a priority; with 51% prioritizing cybersecurity and 34% aiming to make cybersecurity a major part of their business plans.
Maintaining Security While Using Enterprise Technology
While remote work processes may have its drawbacks, its benefits to employees and organizations mean that they may always be a popular work model.
The adoption of enterprise technology will continue; in fact it is likely to continue to grow. The resulting cyber complex means higher risk of security breaches if organizations are not ready to be attacked. In order to be effective, cybersecurity processes must be improved, with prevention, detection, and response measures applied across the business network.
Some companies are already adding their own security procedures. For the new normal with permanent hybrid working models, it may make sense to use tools with integrated security, quick use, full visibility, and integrated management. When using business technology in remote and mixed operating systems, prioritizing organizational stability and cybersecurity security is key to working safely and effectively.