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    Only 1 in 5 Companies Are Fully Confident Their Infrastructure Security Can Support Long-Term Remote Work, Sungard Availability Services Study Shows

    September 1, 2021

    Just 7.5% are very confident their security protections against phishing and ransomware attacks are adequate in a largely virtual environment 

    WAYNE, PA — SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 — Three in four organizations are currently utilizing a hybrid work model. Employers and employees alike feel this is the best path moving forward, according to the latest data released today. However, only roughly one in five companies (21%) are fully confident their infrastructure security can support long-term remote work. 

    The survey of 200 North American business leaders, conducted by the research firm Pulse on behalf of Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), found roughly 89% believe a mix of remote and in-office working is the ideal work situation following Labor Day. Eighty-three percent of businesses intend to employ this working model in that same timespan. Around three-quarters of organizations (74%) took input from both company leaders and employees into account when making decisions on working models. 

    “As organizations plan to keep hybrid work in place full time, they need to properly support it, which may require adjustments to their technologies or security policies,” said Shawn Burke, Global Chief Security Officer at Sungard AS. "Now is the time to modernize your infrastructure and secure your environment to support a long-term remote workforce. Multi-factor authentication shouldn’t be optional and advanced cybersecurity training is now table stakes. As flexible working environments appear to be the new normal, be sure your infrastructure is built to keep it running effectively and safely.”   

    Although less than one in 10 (7.5%) are very confident their security protections against phishing and ransomware attacks are adequate in a largely virtual environment, the vast majority of respondents agree good security is a must-have for employees to be successful when working from home. Security software that keeps work devices secure (79%), an easy-to-use system that enables employees to share files securely (76%), IT support that specializes in supporting remote workers (71.5%), and high-speed internet connection (60%) are all considered essential items for remote employees 

    Businesses still have more work to do to build a more resilient and sustainable remote working environment. The data shows that 43% of business leaders feel they need to provide employees with improved or more technology to support a successful remote working environment. Almost every organization (97%) noted plans to adjust their business continuity plans to account for a more permanent remote working environment. 

    About the Survey 

    This survey was conducted within the Pulse technology executive community from June 24, 2021 - August 1, 2021. 200 IT, Information Security, HR, and Operations leaders responded, representing seven industries at the director level and above in North America. 

    About Sungard Availability Services 

    Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is a leading provider of cloud connected infrastructure solutions serving enterprise customers from 75 hardened data centers and workplace recovery facilities in nine countries. Sungard AS has a 40-year track record of delivering resilient and highly available hybrid IT solutions. Backed by high performance networks, Sungard AS modernizes customers’ end-to-end IT across connected infrastructure, cloud, recovery and workplace solutions. Working with customers to understand their business objectives, Sungard AS identifies gaps in customers’ current environments and tailors a solution to achieve their desired business outcomes. Visit Sungard AS atwww.sungardas.comor call 1.888.537.6519. Connect with us on our blog, LinkedIn,Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. 

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    Media Contact 
    Nora Hahn 
    (281) 728-6999
    nora.hahn@sungardas.com 

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