HLB Cybersecurity Report 2021
Threat or opportunity: Addressing the cyber-risk landscape in the age of hybrid work
As we emerge from lockdowns and government restrictions caused by COVID-19, more companies across the globe are adopting hybrid working models. In doing so, CTO’s and IT management face increased risks and vulnerabilities from cyber-attacks and data breaches. Is your organisation ready to face the dangers of employees working remotely on a permanent basis?
In light of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021, we surveyed 136 IT professionals about today’s cyber-risk landscape, the lessons learned from lockdown and the road ahead for CTOs to protect against cyber-crime in the age of hybrid working.
While companies want to retain talent by offering flexibility, they also need to protect their organisations from cyber threats. To do this, the overwhelming majority our respondents said they’d altered their cybersecurity strategies and protocols. Only 17% report no changes since the pandemic began.
IT professionals reporting drastic changes say that 66% now oversee cybersecurity at a senior level. This is significant because historically, cybersecurity was seen as an IT role with less involvement from senior executives. But, research shows that a top-down approach is essential to cybersecurity.
While tools can provide much-needed visibility into employee password practices, leaders must focus on team member training and awareness. Our survey found that over half of the respondents take employee education seriously and have a no-exceptions policy. In contrast, a third of the IT professionals we surveyed state that they educate their staff, but they constantly deal with non-compliance. This underlies organisations’ great difficulty in getting employee compliance, especially when using the hybrid work model.
Last year, business continuity plans focused on getting employees back to work. This year, majority of executives are at least somewhat prepared for hybrid work. As a result, their top priority is designing an incident response plan. With the idea that a cyber attack is imminent, leaders look for ways to limit disruption using proactive monitoring and seamless responses if a breach occurs.
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