A survey of 500 IT professionals at companies of at least 1,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Ireland and the UK., revealed that the transition to widespread remote work presented myriad business challenges and security risks for the employees on the front lines of IT security. This survey was conducted across industries and includes additional insights on IT professionals in U.S. banking to capture challenges in their field. While many IT professionals saw an increase in employee productivity at their company, they also saw new and dangerous risks emerge—and despite the clear and present danger, many companies remain at-risk as proven long-term IT security strategies have not been fully implemented.
The "2020 Work from Home Impact Study” report from Wakefield found four key takeaways from the Covid-19 pandemic:
- In all, 86% of IT professionals report challenges in managing the digital identity of users, devices, and processes at their companies. In the U.S. banking industry, the rise of risk is even more dire: 93% report challenges to managing digital identity of users, devices, and processes at their companies.
- Nearly half (49%) of IT professionals feel employee productivity at their company has increased since the start of widespread remote work, while another 35% feel it’s stayed consistent. Only 16% say productivity decreased.
- As they adjusted to this new work model, companies bottom lines were affected:38% of IT professionals say their company delayed revenue-generating initiatives for 4+ weeks as a result of adjusting to widespread remote work.
- Despite risks, nearly 3 in 5 IT professionals (59%) expect the number of remote workers to increase after offices reopen. This includes 17% who expect it to increase significantly. IT professionals working in U.S. banking are even more optimistic: 72% expect an increase in remote work.
This report is online at The Sectigo “2020 Work-from-Home IT Impact Study” is available for download at https://sectigo.com/resource-library/2020-work-from-home-it-impact-study