The balance imperative
In March 2019, Forrester Consulting evaluated
the evolving security trends and technology needed to protect and
enable employees. The study found that empowering employees
while adhering to security protocols improves employee productivity.
Forrester conducted an online survey of 887 senior business and IT
decision makers to explore this topic.
- Constantly evolving threats force midmarket firms to be more
proactive than reactive. With many high profile security breaches
and/or cyberattacks being reported regularly in the news, midmarket
firms must become more forward thinking in their approach to
- Spending on security alone is not the magic bullet. Midmarket
firms must declare a culture of enablement, continuous skills
development for employees, and perhaps most critically, a sound and
robust security infrastructure.
- Restrictive IT policies will lead employees to evade IT security
best practices, for the sake of getting work done. Bending the
rules is not uncommon in the workplace, but outright avoiding IT
policies in order to get work done is risky.
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