• March 3, 2024

The adoption of hybrid work accelerated at a rapid pace during the pandemic. Today, while many have gone back to the office full time, some companies are still offering hybrid workplace culture options to their employees—and why not? It’s convenient and cost-effective.

Alas, hybrid work also presents unique challenges. According to the latest report from cybersecurity company Fortinet, unmanaged devices pose security risks.

The survey conducted by the International Data Corp. (IDC) for Fortinet reveals that 30% of devices connecting to networks in the Philippines are unmanaged, raising the possibility of security breaches. Survey respondents expect this figure to rise, with 76% predicting a 50% increase by 2025.

According to the survey, 88% of respondents in the Philippines have a hybrid or fully remote working model, with more than two-thirds (58%) having at least 50% of their employees working in hybrid mode. This shift to remote work has resulted in employees becoming ‘branch offices of one,’—working from anywhere outside the traditional office.

Consequently, 48% of the respondents anticipate managed devices to surge by more than 100% over the next two years, with some expecting growth of 400%. Additionally, 76% expect unmanaged devices to grow by over 50%—compounding the complexity and risk of security breaches and placing additional strain on already overburdened IT security teams.

To tackle the challenges of hybrid work, many organizations across The Philippines plan to invest in a Single-Vendor SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solution to improve their security posture and provide consistency in the user experience for remote employees.

“Single-Vendor SASE, with its converged networking and security capabilities, is proving to be a game-changer for many organizations seeking a simplified and consistent security posture for users both on and off the network,” said Daniel Kwong, Field CISO for SEA, and HK.

“With our Single-Vendor SASE solution, we aim to simplify security policy management and enhance the user experience for remote employees, helping Philippine businesses address the security challenges of the changing workforce,” added Alan Reyes, Country Manager, Fortinet Philippines.

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