What future for office work?

In a recent MobileIron study, 80% of employees worldwide no longer want to return to the office full-time, while 30% said they can't work with their team makes them less productive.

To conduct this study, nearly 1,200 employees were interviewed in several countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium and New Zealand.

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This result reinforces the idea that the coronavirus pandemic has really impacted the way individuals work for a very long time. It has also accelerated the transformation of IT services, particularly in the area of computer security. This is because companies' computer networks and systems are even more exposed when employees are not routinely working with licensed or simply licensed computer devices. Not to mention that employees in practice do not give sufficient consideration to safety requirements. And the study even shows that 33% of employees have no priority considerations for computer security

In such a context, computer threats proliferate. The various players in cybercrime are increasingly developing their attacks. Especially the phishing that has literally exploded in recent months. If cyberattacks are persistent, there are several people with whom it literally goes unnoticed. In conclusion, a large proportion of employees do not even know who a computer attack is. Worse, 43% of respondents say they don't know what a phishing attack is.

"Mobile devices are everywhere and have access to virtually everything, but most employees don't have adequate mobile security measures, allowing hackers to experience a grace period," said Brian Foster, SVP Product Management, MobileIron. "Hackers know that employees are using their insecure mobile devices more than ever to access company data, and are increasingly targeting them with phishing attacks. Every company needs to implement a mobile-centric security strategy that prioritizes the user experience and allows employees to maintain maximum productivity on any device, anywhere, without compromising privacy. added the latter.

"As more and more employees use mobile devices to stay productive and work from anywhere, companies need to adopt a zero trust-like security approach to ensure that only trusted devices, applications and users can access the company's resources," he continues. "Organizations also need to strengthen their defenses against mobile threats, as cybercriminals increasingly target SMS, social networks, productivity and messaging applications that allow links to be shared with phishing attacks. To prevent unauthorized access to company data, organizations must provide transparent anti-phishing technical controls that go beyond the company's email, to ensure the safety of users wherever they work, on all the devices they use to access those resources."

In other words, if telework seems to have the preference of employees, it must be said that mobility also has its drawbacks. The focus should then be on training employees prior to deployment. This is essential in the sense that the weak link in the chain is still the latter. On the other hand, it is clear that even more investment will be needed in the use of secure connection measures, namely the VPN. During the confinement, the use of this service has completely experienced a significant boom. This means that companies have understood that remote connection, increases the vectors of computer attacks. Finally, minimize the use of personal devices in the professional setting. Personal devices are mostly less protected. They are clearly exposed to cyberattacks, not only because of the lack of protection, but because of the very use of their owners. A follow-up must be put in place for this.

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