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Remote working a cyber risk

Tenable has published results of a study that found 72% of UK organisations attribute recent business-impacting cyberattacks to vulnerabilities in technology put in place during the pandemic, while 68% suffered attacks that targeted remote workers. The data is drawn from Beyond Boundaries: The Future of Cybersecurity in the New World of Work, a commissioned study of more than 1,300 security leaders, business executives and remote employees, conducted by Forrester Consulting. 

70% of UK organisations now support remote employees, compared to 31% prior to the pandemic, while 86% plan to permanently adopt a remote working policy or have already done so. But embracing this new world of work has opened organisations to new and unmanaged cyber risk. 78% of security and business leaders believe their organisation is more exposed to risk as a result of remote work and just under half (48%) of firms are adequately prepared to support hybrid working models from a security standpoint. 

Hybrid work models and a digital-first economy have brought cybersecurity front and centre as a critical investment that can make or break short- and long-term business strategies. To address this demand, three quarters of UK security leaders plan to increase their network security investments over the next 12 to 24 months; 73% will increase spend on cloud security; 66% plan to spend more on vulnerability management.