Why corporate security policies are bypassed at remote work

Despite the fact that most employees working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic believe they are more productive at home, failure to comply with security regulations may force companies to reconsider security policies.
Almost all (95%) of employees want to continue working from home. However, disregard for security may lead companies to question whether remote work is a long-term strategy for an organization, CyberArk, a provider of privileged access management tools, said in a recently released survey of nearly 2,000 telecommuters in the US, France, Germany. and the UK.

For the most part, remote workers find it difficult to find work-life balance, according to a study:
  • 78% have technical problems connecting to corporate systems and resources.
  • 45% cite family problems, followed by work-life balance (43%) and “Zoom fatigue” (34%).
  • Employees also recognize clear benefits of telecommuting, including time savings on travel (32%), completing errands (24%) and doing household chores between appointments (23%).

Regarding security practices and training for remote workers:
  • 67% avoid corporate security policies to be more productive, including sending work papers to personal email addresses, sharing passwords, and installing pirate software.
  • 69% use corporate devices for personal use.
  • 57% allow other family members to use corporate devices for activities such as study, play and shopping, up 185% from a similar survey conducted last spring.
  • 82% reuse passwords, 12% more than in the previous CyberArk report.
  • 54% received

“The global pandemic has been the largest test yet for the future of remote work,” said Matt Cohen, CyberArk chief operating officer. “As we continue to adapt to this new way of working, , the responsibility for corporate security falls on both employees and organizations. Organizations should continually reinforce best practices and implement user-friendly tools and policies while employees need to understand and be receptive to those policies.”

Source: MSSP Alert