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Firms guilty of neglecting remote workers' IT security, reveals Sophos survey

‘Out of sight, out of mind’ approach to remote users leaves businesses at risk of virus attack. A survey from Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, has revealed that many companies are neglecting the security of their remote workers’ IT systems. The result of last month’s poll of 3,000 IT systems administrators found that companies are diligent about updating their office-based anti-virus software – 66% of firms are doing so on a daily basis. However, a staggering 70% of companies are updating their remote workers’ anti-virus protection on just a weekly or less frequent basis. Indeed, 45% of businesses polled are relying on monthly updates alone to update their remote workforce’s protection. This is in spite of Sophos issuing protection for every virus considered to be a threat, which could be several each day. The Government’s new flexible working legislation, enabling eligible workers to apply for more flexible working hours, is likely to increase the popularity of remote working. Sophos is concerned that, by failing to update anti-virus protection for remote users, companies are creating a critical hole in their networks which will be exacerbated by an increased number of remote users. Full Story

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