The use of unregistered devices and unsecure networks during a hybrid work model raises cybersecurity risks, according to a survey.

The use of unregistered devices and unsecure networks during a hybrid work model raises cybersecurity risks, according to a survey.
10
Jan-2023

According to a new Cisco survey, the use of unregistered devices by employees to access work platforms is adding new security challenges for organisations in India, despite the hybrid model empowering employees to work remotely and ensuring business continuity for enterprises.

Employees are logging into work from multiple networks, including their homes, local coffee shops, and even supermarkets, complicating the situation even more.

According to a recent Cisco survey, nine out of ten (90%) respondents in India say their employees are logging into work platforms using unregistered devices.

"Approximately 82 percent say their employees spend more than 10% of the day working from these unregistered devices," the report stated.

This risk is recognised by security leaders, with 95 percent of respondents in India saying that logging in remotely for hybrid work has increased the likelihood of cybersecurity incidents occurring.

In India, approximately 94 percent of respondents say their employees use at least two networks to log into work, and 57 percent say they use more than five networks.

The report, titled 'My Location, My Device: The New Cybersecurity Challenge of Hybrid Work,' surveyed 6,700 security professionals from 27 countries.

It emphasises security professionals' concerns about the use of unregistered devices and potentially unsecured networks to access work platforms, as well as the risks associated with such behaviour.

According to Samir Kumar Mishra, Director of Security Sales for Cisco India and SAARC, disruption is happening faster than ever.

"In order to navigate the intensifying threat landscape in 2023, security resilience, preparedness, and response must be at the forefront," he added.

According to the report, 90 percent of security leaders in India believe that cybersecurity incidents will disrupt their businesses in the next 12-24 months.

"The good news is that they are preparing to protect themselves from both internal and external threats," the study concluded.

With the challenges well recognised, 95 percent of security leaders in India expect their organisation to increase its cybersecurity budget by more than 10% over the next year, and nearly all expect IT infrastructure upgrades within the next 24 months, according to the study.

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