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Addressing security challenges of hybrid work

After two years of the pandemic, confidence in addressing certain security risks and threats arising from hybrid and remote work has improved among businesses and organisations around the world.

The 2022 Thales Access Management Index, a global survey of 2,600 IT decision-makers, revealed that when it comes to secure access to applications, data, and systems, 84% of IT professionals said they have some degree of confidence in their current user access security systems to enable remote work securely and easily, compared to 56% in 2021. In addition, 60% said this year they were highly confident compared to just 22% last year.

Overall, the report findings suggest that firms remain concerned about the security risks of remote work, but those concerns seem to be less severe. At the same time, firms are also growing more confident in the ability of authentication and access management systems to manage those risks. Only 31% of IT professionals surveyed reported having very high concerns about the security risks and threats of remote work in 2022, down from 39% in 2021, while those who said they were somewhat concerned – the most popular response – increased from 43% to 48% in 2022.