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HOB Survey: Despite Security Concerns, Demand for Remote Access Solutions is Still Gaining Momentum

At the end of 2013 HOB Inc., one of the market leaders in pure software-based remote access solutions, conducted a survey of more than 200 CIOs and CTOs in the U.S. The survey quantified the trends and challenges IT decision makers experience when implementing remote access solutions and revealed that remote access solutions are still gaining momentum, despite the associated security risks. The complete results of the Remote Access survey are now available for download as a free ebook.

Increased Flexibility

One key finding of the survey revealed that employees are becoming increasingly more flexible when using remote access solutions. It is no surprise that 76 percent of respondent’s employees access their organization’s server when they are away from the office. However, 58 percent of employees are using remote access solutions when they are in the office but while working from other locations within the on-site work environment. Also, 54 percent of respondents believe that their employees are using their personal mobile devices to access corporate servers. Businesses must acknowledge that employees in the mobile workforce are accessing corporate servers more frequently and consequently, need to adjust the IT infrastructure to accommodate employees’ preference for flexibility.

Security Concerns

The HOB survey also revealed that, even though most companies are already using remote access solutions, CIOs and CEOs still have security concerns. 66 percent of respondents worry that hackers may gain access to the network during employee remote access sessions. Moreover, 56 percent are highly concerned with employees accessing the network through their personal devices, and another 50 percent of CTOs and CIOs find errors by their own IT team to be among the most troubling remote access security issues, as these errors leave the network open for intrusions. These results suggest that companies need to formulate clear rules for employees accessing corporate servers. Furthermore, they should only use reliable and highly secure remote access solutions from trusted companies.

Demand for Remote Access Still Gaining Momentum

Despite security concerns, remote access solutions are deployed amongst the majority of businesses and used by employees as well as CTOs and CIOs. The results of the survey also indicate that the future demand for remote access solutions will not decrease in years to come. In fact, more than 72 percent of the respondents anticipate the number of employees who require remote access will grow. In times of increased economic espionage the awareness of security issues has risen, which translates into positive effects for IT investment planning. 46 percent of technology professionals surveyed expect IT security spending to increase 1 – 25 percent in 2014 and 31 percent expect it to increase by more than 25 percent. Interestingly, 20 percent of respondents believe that IT security spending will remain flat in 2014, while only 3 percent suggest that it will decrease.

“HOB Inc. strives to provide companies and their employees with highly secure remote access solutions. The security suite HOB RD VPN empowers users with the encrypted access to company resources – anytime, anywhere and from almost any device,” says Klaus Brandstätter, CEO HOB. “HOB RD VPN was just recently certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security according to Common Criteria EAL4 + standards, which verifies its high security level. Thus, with HOB RD VPN, the security concerns of survey respondents can easily be mitigated,” explains Klaus Brandstaetter, CEO of HOB.

The complete statistics and results of the HOB survey are now available as a free ebook. “The State of Remote Access Security in the U.S.,” and many other ebooks can be downloaded from the HOB website.

About HOB

HOB, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of HOB GmbH & Co. KG. It was founded in New Jersey in April 2000 and is currently headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. HOB GmbH & Co. KG is a German medium-sized company, developing innovative and multiply rewarded software solutions that are marketed worldwide. The core competencies of the successful company HOB, founded in 1964, comprise server-based computing, secure remote access, VoIP and virtualization. HOB products are deployed in small, mid-sized and large enterprises. Further, some HOB products are certified according to Common Criteria. HOB remote access solutions received the quality mark from TeleTrust “IT Security Made in Germany.”

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