Protecting information on corporate networks is hard. Protecting it on a mix of business and personal devices at home, in the office, and in the cloud is exponentially harder.
“Our data, our information, is literally everywhere,” Stilwell says. “The surface area for cybercriminals to attack is immense and it’s growing every day.”
Indeed, an OpenText study published last month found that 25% of end users in eight surveyed countries use personal devices for work, 15% use work devices for personal tasks, and 37% do both. Many of those work and personal devices, moreover, are connecting to corporate servers via Microsoft’s remote desktop protocol, a technology that by default imposes no limits on login attempts.
“Anybody can scan and request a connection to that computer, anybody in the world,” notes Tyler Moffitt, a security analyst at OpenText. “The number of PCs that are open right now to brute force is in the millions, but it’s increased over 40% since the pandemic hit.”
Unfortunately, most organizations are insufficiently prepared for risks like that. According to OpenText’s data, only 21% of users have received increased security awareness training from their employer during the pandemic and just 59% of users believe they know how to keep data safe.
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