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
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