Only half of organizations reviewed security policies due to the pandemic: study

New research suggests that only half of organizations worldwide reviewed their cybersecurity policies when COVID-19 hit.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a rapid shift to working from home. Whereas organizations would often have their employees in the office — and, therefore, access to corporate resources was more centralized there — the need to provide remote options also increased the potential attack surface.

Virtual private network (VPN) usage is customary for remotely connecting to company systems. However, the pandemic prompted the more widespread use of personal PCs and handsets with varying levels of security — and reliance on video conferencing tools and emails also caused headaches for security teams.

According to research published on Tuesday by the Ponemon Institute, on behalf of Intel, the global enterprise will spend roughly $172 billion on cybersecurity this year. However, only 53% of respondents said they refreshed their existing strategies due to the pandemic — and this could indicate a disconnect between spending the cash and applying it correctly to the modern workplace.

When changes were made to existing policies, they were driven by factors including remote working demands, supply chain failures, increased cyberattack rates, and employee turnover.

In total, 59% of organizations surveyed in the

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