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Most firms still don't have a secure remote access solution in place

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Most businesses today are doing their best to allow as many of their employees as possible to work from home. However, security still remains a major obstacle. 

According to a new report from cloud security firm Zscaler, just a third of decision-makers are confident they have a secure remote access infrastructure (opens in new tab) set up.

The company polled 606 CIOs, CISOs and heads of network architecture in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands for the report, all of which came from enterprises with 3,000+ employees.

Two thirds have most of their business applications in the cloud and almost half expect the number of remote workers to grow up to 50 percent next year.

Security is still considered the main obstacle to digital transformation, with the problem actually worsening this year. In most cases, businesses are worried about the lack of in-house expertise and the perceived complexity of the challenges ahead.

To tackle the problem of the growing remote workforce, some of the respondents are looking at new security solutions; most are planning to adopt SASE (opens in new tab)(secure-access service edge), either by transitioning all entities at the same time, or transitioning separate entities over a prolonged period.

Even though SASE offers multiple benefits, security is the number one motivator for the change, the report stated. Allegedly, it reduces the risk of security threats and data loss across distributed data, improves network visibility and control across all users and cloud platforms, and reduces infrastructure complexity.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.