“Security and download speeds head list of barriers preventing a truly connected workforce” states Nexsan survey

A survey conducted by Nexsan (the unified storage solutions company) at Cloud Expo has revealed that data security and download speeds are the top two barriers to a truly connected workforce. The survey highlights that 98% of end users need to work remotely or collaboratively, with nearly two thirds (61%) responding that they require to access company data on their own devices.

Further findings reveal that 76% of end users are required to access work documents while away from the office, 73% work remotely and 58% work from other offices within the business, while 36% of those employees questioned need to share files outside of the business.

While the majority of people (91%) felt they were permitted to access work files outside of the office, only 58% considered access to files away from the office to be “private and secure”. When it comes to sharing files outside of the business, only 3% believe file sharing to be a private and secure operation.

22% of respondents said the main barrier to collaborative working was the length of time traditional storage or public cloud services take to download and upload work, with 18% believing that their storage was either inadequate for, or otherwise hindering collaborative working.

Security is the second highest concern (17%). A close third is concerns regarding version control (16%). Other barriers to a truly connected and mobile workforce are that companies don’t have the facilities to file sync and share. File sync and share is too complicated, or remote access is prohibited entirely.

“The survey statistics reveal a picture of a workforce whose constituents need to access and share files remotely and across devices, yet who are being hindered by download speeds, lack of secure file sync and share facilities and storage systems that are too rigid,” said Geraldine Osman, vice-president for international marketing at Nexsan.

Internet security posture

Rapid7 has issued the results of new research into the Internet security posture of countries, as well as general internet threat exposure worldwide.

The research takes a look at one of the most foundational components of the Internet: the millions and millions of individual services that live on the public IP network.

Rapid7 has scanned in some detail to what extent various Internet protocols are in use, where they are located and how much of this is inherently insecure due to running over non-encrypted clear text channels.

Millions of systems on the Internet offer services that should not be exposed to the public network. The survey has uncovered 15 million nodes appearing to offer telnet (usually unencrypted), 11.2 million appearing to offer direct access to relational databases and 4.5 million apparent printer services.

No less than 4.7 million systems expose one of the most commonly attacked ports used by Microsoft systems, namely 445/TCP.

The most exposed nations on the Internet today include countries with the largest GDPs, such as the USA, China, France and Russia.

*Further detail is contained in Rapid7’s blog post: https://community.rapid7.com/community/infosec/blog/2016/06/07/rapid7-releases-new-research


About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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