Report highlights how the pandemic has accelerated the need for unified endpoint security

Published: Thursday, 06 May 2021 08:33

BlackBerry has issued a new report with survey findings that recognise the security challenges organizations are currently facing and the global need for a better security solution to protect enterprises and their employees and clients. The abrupt shift to a more distributed workforce fuelled by COVID-19 has exposed organizations to new risks from employees accessing enterprise networks from insecure home networks and devices – presenting threat actors with greater opportunities for intrusion.

IDG conducted the survey of 300 IT professionals on behalf of BlackBerry in late 2020. It revealed that IT leaders are concerned about risks to the enterprise from poorly secured desktops, laptops, smartphones, and other BYOD endpoint devices connecting to their corporate networks. Many were supporting a substantial remote workforce at the time of the survey and expected to do so for at least the next six months. Concerns are high over the security status of the devices employees will bring back with them to the office after using them on a home network for many months without proper controls in place to prevent unauthorised access.

Key findings include:

More than a year into the pandemic, security teams still struggle to continue to support remote employees as return-to-work plans remain uncertain. Challenges inherent in the shifting threat landscape accelerate the need for a secure UES solution to protect organizations, along with a better way to address risks tied to the shift to a remote or hybrid work environment. A substantial percentage of security professionals view a UES as critical to their ability to detect and respond to threats on traditional endpoints and, increasingly, on employee mobile devices.