According to a survey report from Visual Objects, more than one-third (34%) of full-time employees at companies in the U.S. admitted to not practicing basic cybersecurity protocols during COVID-19. Despite increased risk due to remote work, employees said their companies aren't requiring secure WiFi networks, phishing training, two-factor authentication, VPNs, or password managers.
Cybersecurity experts such as Darren Deslatte, vulnerability operations leader of Entrust Solutions, believe that companies are hesitant to invest in cybersecurity due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. However, lax cybersecurity protocols can be financially detrimental, he noted
"A single data breach can easily shutter a business forever, which is why it's important to maintain your cybersecurity at all times, even in difficult circumstances," Deslatte said.
Currently, 35% of employees are required to use a secure WiFi network for work activities. This makes secure WiFi requirements more common than all other basic cybersecurity protocols, including VPNs (31%), two-factor authentication (31%), phishing training (32%), and more. Secure WiFi networks are considered a remote work essential by most experts, who weren't surprised by its popularity.