Security is major priority in hybrid era

IT leaders in the Asia-Pacific region are placing security as a major priority in the hybrid work era, according to an IDC report.

With employees working remotely, providing access to insecure devices, networks and data resources is of significant concern.

The main security concerns revolve around work devices, such as sensitive information accessed on unmanaged networks and devices (51 percent), compliance (46 percent), work devices communicating over unsecured networks (43 percent), and the inability to monitor the security posture of work devices (40 percent).

As hybrid work is likely to continue, the importance of where work gets done is less important than how work gets done. However, IT business leaders are finding out ways to ensure the security of data and corporate resources from threats without affecting employees’ productivity.

“Leaders should not think hybrid work means a sacrifice for security. Although there are more security challenges for organisations to address in hybrid work environments, having IT security strategies with measurable KPIs, and the right security products will bring tremendous value to productivity and business growth,” said Lily Phan, Research Director of Future of Work at IDC.

The way that organisations measure IT security decides whether their security strategies are robust and actively minimise threats. Organisations must employ more holistic security measures such as the value of assets at risk, the value of risk mitigated, and the enterprise risk score, which are more comprehensive and extensive.

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