Remote is the new rule
The trend towards remote working has been steady for some time, and recent events are accelerating that pace. According to 2012 Gallup research, 39% of the U.S. workforce was working off-site at least part-time. By 2016, that number had risen to 43%1. It’s fair to assume that if the question was asked in 2020, that number will have grown dramatically.
While it’s impossible to predict what happens next, it’s clear that remote working will now be more permanent in many organizations. Whether it’s employees working from home, students engaging in distance learning, or family and friends catching up using web and video conferencing, there is in fact a new normal emerging: remote connectivity and collaboration.
New paradigm, new problems: securing the modern workplace
These cultural and organizational shifts have made confidential personal and business data a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Since traditional home networks are considered less secure than enterprise networks, remote users’ computer systems can be perceived as a weak security link and thus more prone to cyberattacks. According to a study, 86% of business executives agreed data breaches are more likely to occur when employees are working out of office2.
This move to more remote work also happens as cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with threats targeting low-level firmware becoming more prominent. To stay ahead of busy bad actors and ever-evolving threats, IT teams need to give end customers integrated hardware and software solutions that offer comprehensive security features for the entire system.
The AMD “Zen” advantage: comprehensive hardware-based security
While software security is important, it may be easily bypassed by exploiting known platform vulnerabilities. This is one reason hardware-based security (HBS) is gaining more importance. It works to complement software security and provides a stronger foundation for