Apricorn Unveils New Findings from the Apricorn 2021 Global IT Security Survey

StartUp City | Friday, April 30, 2021

Sixty percent of respondents believe that COVID-induced remote work environments have caused data protection problems in their organizations, with 38 percent saying that data access has become extremely difficult to handle during the pandemic.

FREMONT, CA: Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives, has declared new findings from the Apricorn 2021 Global IT Security Survey, which found that, in some cases, respondents have placed unwarranted trust in their household members, employees, and third-party vendors. Over 400 IT security practitioners across North America and Europe responded to questions about security practices as well as policies during remote working conditions over the past 12 months. The findings reveal that IT security professionals are concerned about the cyber risks brought about by remote work, with 75 percent putting COVID-centric policies in place, including the use of two-factor authentication (48 percent) as well as encryption of sensitive data (41 percent).

Sixty percent of respondents believe that COVID-induced remote work environments have caused data protection problems in their organizations, with 38 percent saying that data access has become extremely difficult to handle during the pandemic. Despite these data security issues, nearly 20 percent of respondents acknowledged that their work devices had been used by family members. Remote work policies may cause workers to relax their security stance while working outside of the workplace, according to this shocking statistic from experienced IT security professionals.

"People can be a huge asset to an organization's security culture but they need to have the right foundation, which comes from giving them the policies and tools needed to protect corporate data and assets beyond the corporate firewall," stated Kurt Markley, U.S. Managing Director, Apricorn. "This research supports the importance of endpoint hardware encryption, particularly during remote working conditions that will likely continue for many organizations long after this pandemic is over. IT security professionals should have implemented corporate usage policies and provided secure devices that mitigate the inherent risk of a BYoD strategy a year ago. Those who haven't are extremely late on protecting internal systems from insecure and unmanaged devices and need to put policies and devices in place immediately."

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