Remote workforce steadily increasing
Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of employees working from home. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that on an average day nearly a quarter of Americans worked at home as companies and employees from all sectors recognize the benefits.
The rise in remote work increases cybersecurity threats
A key role for in-house legal teams is protecting company intellectual property (IP) and helping manage enterprise risk. Yet, the legal department’s ability to do so is really challenged by remote workers, particularly at scale. That’s because the security mitigation techniques companies typically apply to remote workers usually ignore three key factors.
1. Companies can’t manage data risk beyond their perimeter.
Remote employees often work “off network,” leaving companies essentially blind to file access and data movement. While remote work has steadily increased this past decade, companies still rely on a “secure the perimeter” cyber security approach. Focused on infrastructure, network and endpoints, such a traditional approach is rendered all but obsolete in the work-from-home world, where infrastructure, network and endpoints are far less relevant.
Exacerbating the challenge is that while most companies have remote work policies, they are difficult to enforce. This leads to inconsistent or low employee adherence. Indeed, reports indicate that only 10% of employees typically use a VPN when working remotely.
Without employees on VPN, most companies don’t have visibility into off-network file access and movement. Without such visibility, there is little that the company, let alone the legal team, can do to proactively ensure that company IP is protected.
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