Nearly 80% of professionals work remotely at least one day a week, and 1.55 billion others are expected to work outside the boundaries of the corporate office by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan research. This shift to a mobile workforce is causing technology disruption because remote workers require different solutions and infrastructure, which can increase vulnerabilities.
The security challenges aren’t only the result of more employees working outside of the corporate office, but also the number of devices used by each individual. The same Frost & Sullivan report forecasts that more than 80 billion connected devices will be in use globally by 2025 — a staggering figure! Work has shifted from a place people go to daily to something people do, and as such, businesses need to be flexible, but not so flexible that their data and devices become security risks.
Cyberattacks have shifted as well, becoming less detectable by exploiting encryption and commonly used files. Malicious traffic is sent through encrypted HTTPS protocols, and malware increasingly uses transport layer security.