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Research roundup: return-to-office resistance, WFH cyber worries, CISO insecurity

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by Peter Krass on 06/04/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Workers don’t want to go back to the office. Cybersecurity pros don’t like WFH. And CISOs don’t feel secure about containers, DevOps and other advanced approaches.

That’s some of the latest, greatest IT research. And here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

Back to the office? Oh, no!

In the U.S., at least, companies are moving employees back to the office. Apple CEO recently told employees that they’ll be expected in the office at least 3 days a week starting in September, reports The Verge. But a new survey shows these companies could be facing some stiff resistance.

According to the survey, which reached 925 U.S. adults who work remotely, nearly half of consumers like working remotely so much, they’d take a pay cut to keep doing it. Nearly two-thirds say they’d even forgo a job promotion, finds the survey, which was conducted by workplace-software provider Ivanti.

What’s more, only about 1 in 10 consumers (12%) said they want to return to office full-time.

So what do people like so much about working remotely? A flexible work schedule, cited by nearly half (47%), tops the list. It’s followed by less stress around commuting (43%), and saving money (40%).

 “It’s clear that many employees have found ways to thrive in their remote environments,” says Chris Goettl, a product-management director at Ivanti, “and they’d prefer to have the freedom to work from anywhere moving forward.”

But hang on — WFH is insecure

That’s not to say the work from home (WFH) movement has everyone pleased. In fact, it has many cybersecurity professionals downright worried.

More than 8 in 10 of these executives remain concerned about the security risks of employees working remotely, a new survey finds.

They have reason to worry. Nearly half (47%) the respondents say they’ve seen an increase in the volume, severity or scope of cyberattacks in the last 12 months.

Among those who have experienced a cyberbreach, 41% had it happen in the last year. That’s nearly twice as many as those who had a breach in 2019. Retailers are most at risk, with just over 6 in 10 either experiencing a breach last year or failing a security audit.

The survey was conducted by 451 Research and commissioned by advanced-tech provider Thales. It reached more than 2,600 executives in 16 countries, all with responsibility for IT and data security.

Why security officers feel insecure

Speaking of insecurity, another survey finds that nearly 9 in 10 CISOs (89%) believe microservices, containers and Kubernetes have created security blind spots in their applications.

Also, nearly all the survey’s respondents (97%) say their organizations lack real-time visibility into runtime vulnerabilities in their containerized production environments.

The survey, which reached 700 chief information security officers working in large enterprises of 1,000 or more employees, was conducted by research firm Coleman Parkes. It was commissioned by Dynatrace, a provider of cloud software.

And despite the popularity of Agile development methods and DevOps approaches, nearly two-thirds of respondents (63%) say these make detecting and managing software vulnerabilities even more difficult.

Here’s one last finding to keep you up at night: Almost three-quarters of the CISOs (71%) say that when their organization pushes code into production, they’re not fully confident that it’s vulnerability-free. Yikes.


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