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Many companies still don't have remote working properly secured

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Despite a full year having elapsed since the transition to remote working, most IT security managers are still not confident in the security measures set up to protect off-premise employees.

This is according to a new report from cloud security firm Bitglass, which states that IT security experts generally worry about data leaking through endpoints, users connecting with unmanaged devices and someone accessing their systems from outside the perimeter.

They are also wary of regulatory compliance, remote access to core business apps, as well as loss of visibility over user activity.

IT security experts will have to tackle the issue eventually, as the problem is not going to go away on its own. As a matter of fact, most organizations (57 percent) still have more than three-quarters of their employees working remotely, while 90 percent said they’re likely to continue offering remote working capabilities to their employees in the future. Furthermore, more than half (53 percent) of organizations will make certain positions remote on a permanent basis.

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To solve this cybersecurity challenge, many security pros are turning towards cloud-centric IT ecosystems. For the majority of the report’s respondents (71 percent), a shift away from on-premises appliances and tools to cloud is inevitable.

To secure remote work, companies will deploy a variety of controls, as legacy tools won’t cut it. Bandwidth restrictions, for example, have “massive ramifications” for security solution scalability, the report concluded.