Hybrid working is still putting some businesses at risk of cyberattack

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Hybrid working may be great for productivity, but it’s a cybersecurity nightmare, a new report from IONOS finds.

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Surveying 609 IT decision makers across multiple industries, IONOS found that cybersecurity teams are concerned about employees keeping their devices away from corporate networks for too long, not paying attention to security when working remotely. giving, and consequently – being used as their endpoint. A gateway for malicious attacks on company networks.

All this motivates IT teams to work extra hard. More than two-thirds (69%) of respondents said that doing hybrid work puts more pressure on teams, as they want to prepare their organization for future threats.

Multi-cloud option


To tackle the problem, organizations need to do three things, the report found: communicate more regularly about the increased cybersecurity risks caused by hybrid working; Invest more in employee training and education, and build a longer-term strategy.

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However, it all starts with extra money, and most organizations are aware of it. Two-thirds (67%) of ITDMs who voted for the report said their firms have increased budgets for their cyber security strategies.

Peter Prahl, SVP International and Digital Cloud for IONOS, said a multi-cloud strategy could prove beneficial, “not only addressing cyber threats but also managing sensitive data securely.”

Many firms have already gone down that path. Nearly two in five (38%) saw a cloud-based IT operating model “accelerating”, with an additional 38% saying they would “increase the use of hybrid cloud management”. Another third (35%) are moving workloads and applications to the private cloud.

“A better cloud strategy can provide a scalable, flexible and most importantly secure platform for businesses,” concluded Prahl.

For businesses choosing the cloud, it’s important to stay compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Prahl said, and thus eliminate any other complexities surrounding data protection.

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