Infoblox’s State of Security Report Spotlights Remote Work Hazards

Infoblox, a DNS management and security service, unveils today a global report that examines the state of security concerns, costs and remedies. As the pandemic and uneven shutdowns stretch into a third year, organizations are accelerating digital transformation projects to support remote work. Meanwhile, attackers have seized on vulnerabilities in these environments, creating more work and larger budgets for security teams.

Some 1,100 respondents in IT and cybersecurity roles in 11 countries participated in the survey.

Key findings include:

  • The surge in remote work has changed the corporate landscape significantly – and permanently. Fifty-two percent of respondents accelerated digital transformation projects, 42 percent increased customer portal support for remote engagement, 30 percent moved apps to third-party cloud providers, and 26 percent shuttered physical offices for good.
  • The hybrid workforce reality is causing greater concerns with data leakage, ransomware and attacks through remote access tools and cloud services. Respondents indicate concerns about their abilities to counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks with limited control over employees, work-from-home technologies, and vulnerable supply chain partners. The sophistication of state-sponsored malware also is a source of worry for many.
  • Organizations have good reason to worry: 53 percent of respondents experienced up to five security incidents that led to at least one breach. Though ransomware often grab headlines, phishing is the most common conduit for illegal entry. Attacks tended to originate on Wi-Fi access points, employee-owned endpoints, or the cloud. Overall, 43 percent suffered at least $1 million in direct and indirect losses.
  • Organizations are buying cloud-first security tools to protect their hybrid environments. Fifty-nine percent of respondents saw bigger budgets in 2021 and nearly 75 percent anticipate an increase in 2022. They are creating a defense-in-depth strategy using everything from endpoint and network security to cloud access security brokers, DNS security, and threat intelligence services to defend their expanded attack surface.
  • Interest in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) frameworks is accelerating. As assets, access and security move out of the network core to the edge with the push for virtualization, 53 percent have implemented SASE partially or fully and another 28 percent intend to do so.

The full report is available for download here.

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