Increased use of remote-working and remote access technologies has caused increased concerns and subsequent investments in addressing the risks.

With rushed or accelerated digitalization, remote work and cloud usage, organizations’ networks and technology infrastructures have become more complex. This increased complexity may impact the visibility of cyber threats and incident response times.

According to an ‘IT Security Economics’ report by Kaspersky, the cost of securing increasingly complex environments has soared in 2021. The data shows that between 2020 and 2021, the use of all types of Cloud platforms (including public and private ones) had grown to 88%, compared with only 72% in 2019. In addition, virtual desktop infrastructure to facilitate remote access to corporate workspaces for work-from-home staff, had increased from 82% to 86%.

The adoption of these two technologies had led to 44% of surveyed businesses finding it a real challenge to secure the widened network perimeter. Only data protection ranked was higher as a challenge.

The problem with complex infrastructure is not only that it is difficult to roll out security tools. Tracking down the signs of an attack and responding in a timely way to minimize the possible damage also becomes much more difficult. In fact, lack of visibility over the infrastructure was cited by 41% of respondents in the study as the most common challenge faced when dealing with complex threats.

Said Sergey Martsynkyan, VP, Corporate Product Marketing, Kaspersky: When it comes to corporate cybersecurity, the matter is not only related to ever-evolving threats. A heterogeneous and constantly-changing corporate IT infrastructure further increases the stakes. On the one hand, it complicates the very process of protection; on the other, the consequences of a successful attack may be much more difficult to address. Fortunately, the cybersecurity industry doesn’t stand still. The most up-to-date threat intelligence and solutions for detection and response should help organizations undertake the challenge and embrace any innovations for their business growth.”