IT leaders are sticking to tried and tested ways of managing their company’s technology needs. However, these traditional methods are no longer an adequate measure to protect against cyber risks in the modern workplace. Our research, The Modern Workplace, conducted in collaboration with Microsoft (set out to gauge employees’ attitudes towards the workplace) identified that 72 per cent of workers surveyed are only provided with usernames and passwords to keep their IT operations secure, due to the simplicity of use.
Additionally, The Modern Workplace research revealed that employees have far too much confidence around how their employer handles cyber security, as 60 per cent of workers surveyed believe that their employer does more than enough to secure its IT operations. However, it is important to note that employees claimed the reason behind their choices to use usernames and passwords for security is due to its simplicity.
New cyber security threats are discovered every day, and the volume at which these attacks are arising is increasing daily. In 2017 alone, there were 159,000 reported attacks. When factoring in unreported attacks, estimates have put these incidents as high as 350,000. Therefore, it is essential that employers implement appropriate security measures to protect their organisation’s data and infrastructure.
However, The Modern Workplace research highlighted that almost half of employees questioned feel disappointed at their employer’s lack of investment in technology that will benefit their business. Consequently, where employers are failing to provide technologies expected of them, employees procure their own tools to fill the missing gaps. These actions result in the opening up of new security risks in the modern workplace and limit the visibility of IT departments.
Employees of all ages have come to expect flexible working with seamless access to IT. Therefore, with more businesses having employees out on the road, working remotely on various devices, protecting data while roaming is crucial. The pressure to safeguard the infrastructure of the workplace falls under IT departments who no longer have the control or capabilities to prevent and respond to cyber security threats.
For most companies, managing IT systems in-house with the appropriate level of security policies is a huge time-consuming task. Furthermore, the responsibility of educating employees on the importance of cyber security falls under the IT department who has no time or budget to carry out this task.
In turn, the gap in cyber security prevention measures and workplace technology on a whole, allows channel partners to play a critical role of being a voice of reason for companies and IT teams. In terms of advising organisations on the implementation of intelligent cloud systems whilst highlighting the need for people-centric security due to its simplicity of use.
Cloud-based security has a substantial focus on empowering people without compromising productivity, while striking the right balance between ease of use and security on and off the cloud.
To find out more about “The Modern Workplace”, our white paper can be accessed here.