The balance imperative

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Provided by: Dell Technologies and Microsoft
Topic: Digital Transformation
Format: PDF

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 security.
  • 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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