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50% of Companies Are Missing a Piece of the Security Puzzle

July 9, 2021

Remote Security Gaps Have Created Dangerous Vulnerabilities

Is your business covering all of the bases when it comes to remote and hybrid security? Many companies weren’t even close to prepared to manage IT or secure data remotely at the start of the pandemic. Then, additional complications piled up from long lockdowns that blew up maintenance schedules. Budget cuts didn’t help the cause either. This atmosphere of uncertainty has given way to a whole lot of companies that have security gaps – and they’re all big enough for cybercriminals to slide right into. 

How’s the Foundation? 

Four dangerously large gaps that businesses uncovered exposed major vulnerabilities in cybersecurity fundamentals. These deficiencies notch up threats for businesses and create cybersecurity loopholes that cybercriminals will be quick to slip through. Digital News reported:

  • More than 50% of organizations discovered serious gaps in employee cybersecurity awareness. 
  • Almost 50% of companies have done no training for employees around remote workforce risks.
  • 58% of companies found that their employees ignore their cybersecurity guidelines and policies.
  • 85% of CISOs admit they sacrificed cybersecurity to quickly enable employees to work remotely. 

What Support Challenges Are Cropping Up? 

The Cisco Future of Remote Work Report, detailed how many companies are underwater with remote support. Organizations are struggling to find and deploy the resources that they need to keep business systems and data secure while enabling employees to work remotely. When considering their top four challenges, companies agreed: 

  • 56% have security issues with company laptops and desktops
  • 54% struggle to protect personal (employee-owned) devices 
  • 46% say customer information is difficult to protect 
  • 46% have trouble securing cloud applications 

Can We Fix These Problems Quickly & Affordably?

Fix Bad Security Behavior with Training 

Sloppy data handling, bad email hygiene and unsafe password practices are all potential vectors for trouble. Fix that fast with security training. Companies that run phishing simulations for the first time are in for a shock when they discover that 40% to 60% of their employees are likely to open malicious links or attachments. But consistent training makes a huge difference. After about 6 months of training, that percentage drops 20% to 25% and after 3 to 6 months more training, that number can drop to only 10% to 18%.   

Fix Major Security Gaps with Secure Identity and Access Management 

One of the fastest, easiest and most comprehensive ways that businesses can close security gaps fast is by adopting multifactor authentication. This single mitigation stops 99% of password-based cybercrime including account attacks, credential stuffing and brute force hacking dead in its tracks instantly, according to researchers at Microsoft. But not everyone has absorbed that message – more than 50% of companies aren’t using it.   

Optistar has a team of highly knowledgeable security experts that can assist you

Schedule a 10-minute consultation with one of our Senior IT Consultants, email us at ask@optistartech.com or contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have or make recommendations on a plan for your business.

— ID Agent

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