Originally posted at TechRepublic by R. Dallon Adams

At the onset of COVID-19, companies around the globe shifted to remote work on short notice.  The revamped operations transformed the traditional workday and cybersecurity efforts for companies virtually overnight, leading to new challenges for remote workers and IT teams. On Thursday, HP released an HP Wolf Security report titled “Rebellions & Rejection.” The findings detail employee pushback due to company cybersecurity policies and operational drawbacks for IT teams overseeing these networks.

“The fact that workers are actively circumventing security should be a worry for any CISO–this is how breaches can be born,” said Ian Pratt, global head of security for personal systems at HP, in a press release. “If security is too cumbersome and weighs people down, then people will find a way around it. Instead, security should fit as much as possible into existing working patterns and flows, with technology that is unobtrusive, secure-by-design and user-intuitive.”

Remote work: A cybersecurity “ticking time bomb”

During the initial shift to remote operations, ensuring business continuity took precedent for many companies. At the same time, these new operations also presented security risks with remote workers logging on from home on a mixed bag of personal and company devices.

According to the HP report, 76% of respondent IT teams said “security took a back seat to continuity during the pandemic,” 91% felt “pressure to compromise security for business continuity” and 83% believe remote work has “become a ‘ticking time bomb’ for a network breach.”

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