Security fears around remote working, the cloud and wireless networks cited by SMBs

Filed Under: Data loss, Featured, Malware, Mobile

Padlock keyThe days of IT managers simply worrying about the security of the network inside their physical offices are long gone.

Cloud services, mobile devices, wireless networks and a remote workforce have all contributed to breaking down the traditional corporate network boundary, and complicating security management for IT departments who wish to protect corporate data.

A newly published survey of almost 600 IT managers and directors in small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) across North America, Europe and Australia, aims to uncover which issues are causing IT teams the most concern, and how they plan to manage them.

93% of the SMBs surveyed have at least some remote workers. On average around 20% of all employees work remotely.

Remote working survey

More than half of all respondents said that, in terms of security risks, increased remote working was a growing issue for them. While security risks are the most common issue in all countries surveyed, organisations in the United States and France were the most likely to be concerned.

Remote working survey

Gerhard EschelbeckSophos CTO Gerhard Eschelbeck says that trends such as remote working, mobile and cloud are having a huge impact on the way small and medium sized businesses think about protecting their networks.

"For SMBs, it is critical that any network security solution has both the ease and simplicity of a one-size-fits-all approach, yet still addresses the specific vulnerabilities of each device or mode of working, as well as every access point on the network," according to Eschelbeck.

"Companies are reevaluating how they tackle IT security," he continued. "A fragmented approach is consistently leaving networks vulnerable to attack, as new technologies such as cloud, and new devices such as mobile, require more advanced security architectures."

More info from the network security survey

If you're interested in reading more, including security concerns about the cloud and wireless network, you can download the full report from the Sophos website.

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4 Responses to Security fears around remote working, the cloud and wireless networks cited by SMBs

  1. roy jones jr · 778 days ago

    Luckily most of the workers at my job don't really want to work remotely. But I do know some people that go out of their way to work at home or away from the office and policies should be in place to restrict it. IMO the risk is too great and there are workarounds.

  2. Ajaxan · 778 days ago

    Not realistic Roy when you have competitors using telecommuting as a perk or trying to leverage resources in more rural areas that will result is an HR cost save. The trend is here and we as security professionals need to figure out how to accommodate the business requirement safely rather than just saying no.

  3. Jonny · 772 days ago

    I work from home in an IT security position and I can tell you without a doubt that the machine I've been issues is locked down tighter than Ft. Knox. I'm using a VPN tunnel to get to corporate and once I'm on the VPN the security policy is exactly like being in the home office; when I'm disconnected, policies and security software on the computer prevent any tampering with the O/S and...the hard drive in encrypted so if the machine is stolen, the only way the computer can be used it to delete the partition and install a new O/S. Bottom line is it's how you implement and enforce your remote access policies.

  4. Consolepark · 387 days ago

    The overall effectiveness of network management solutions is based on NOC that is located on remote locations and remaining activities are performed from that location. The business organizations depend on the computer systems and networks and thus, they require robust network management services for the growth and productivity of the organization. The other benefits of remote network management include use of LAN that further assists in sharing of critical information and valuable resources among the employees working at the same place and using different computer systems.

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