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Half of Companies Are Missing a Piece of the Security Puzzle

July 01, 2021

Remote Security Gaps Have Created Dangerous Vulnerabilities

Is your business covering all of the bases when it comes to remote and hybrid security? Many companies weren’t even close to prepared to manage IT or secure data remotely at the start of the pandemic. Then, additional complications piled up from long lockdowns that blew up maintenance schedules. Budget cuts didn’t help the cause either. This miasma of uncertainty has given way to a whole lot of companies that have security gaps – and they’re all big enough for cybercriminals to slide right into.   

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How’s the Foundation? 

Four dangerously large gaps that companies uncovered exposed major vulnerabilities in cybersecurity fundamentals. These deficiencies notch up threat for businesses and create cybersecurity loopholes that cybercriminals will be quick to slip through. Digital News reported: 

  • More than 50% of organizations discovered serious gaps in employee cybersecurity awareness. 
  • Almost 50% of companies have done no training for employees around remote workforce risks.
  • 58% of companies found that their employees ignore their cybersecurity guidelines and policies.
  • 85% of CISOs admit they sacrificed cybersecurity to quickly enable employees to work remotely. 

What Support Challenges Are Cropping Up? 

The Cisco Future of Remote Work Report, detailed how many companies are underwater with remote support. Organizations are struggling to find and deploy the resources that they need to keeping business systems and data secure while enabling staffers to work remotely. When considering their top four challenges, companies agreed: 

  • 56% have security issues with company laptops and desktops
  • 54% struggle to protect personal (employee-owned) devices 
  • 46% say customer information is difficult to protect 
  • 46% have trouble securing cloud applications 

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Can We Fix These Problems Quickly & Affordably?

Fix Bad Security Behavior with Training 

Sloppy data handling, bad email hygiene and unsafe password practices are all potential vectors for trouble. Fix that fast with training. Companies that run phishing simulations for the first time are in for a shock when they discover that 40% to 60% of their employees are likely to open malicious links or attachments. But consistent training makes a huge difference. After about 6 months of training, that percentage drops 20% to 25% and after 3 to 6 months more training, that number can drop to only 10% to 18%.   

BullPhish ID makes it easy for organizations of any size to conduct security awareness training that includes phishing resistance for every user painlessly. Affordable and quick to deploy, BullPhish ID offers exactly the right blend of features to get training programs up and running fast.  

  • Fully customizable training simulation kits including messages, URLs, video and attachments
  • Automated deployment with pre-made plug-and-play phishing kits
  • Online quizzes to measure retention with crystal-clear reporting

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Fix Major Security Gaps with Secure Identity and Access Management 

One of the fastest, easiest and most comprehensive ways that businesses can close security gaps fast is by adopting multifactor authentication. This single mitigation stops 99% of password-based cybercrime including account attacks, credential stuffing and brute force hacking dead in its tracks instantly, according to researchers at Microsoft. But not everyone has absorbed that message – more than 50% of companies aren’t using it.   

MFA is standard with Passly, along with a host of other secure identity and access management tools that will quickly up security in days, not weeks. With Passly, businesses can feel confident that they’re taking the right precautions against password-based cybercrime including many phishing and ransomware threats as well as getting a great value.  This multifunctional dynamo packs the robust features of three or more solutions into one affordable package. 

Passly includes:  

  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA) and Single Sign-On (SSO) 
  • Out-of-the-box integrations with popular PSA platforms, including Kaseya BMS, Autotask, ConnectWise and more. 
  • SaaS or API options with automated password resets

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