Secure Application Services specialist A10 Networks has published the results of new research examining the behaviour and attitudes of workforces towards the use of business and personal Apps and the impact this exerts on risk, security and corporate culture in general.
The Application Intelligence Report (AIR) was commissioned by A10 Networks and conducted independently with an intent to provide education for employers that helps them assess corporate policies and, ultimately, protect their businesses and Applications by dint of them becoming more aware of the attitudes and behaviours of their current employees.
The 2017 AIR Report previously examined the rise of Apps in our “blended lives”, with work and personal use of Apps growing within the home and the workplace. The latest statements from the company address the key challenges of IT decision-makers who are faced with the rise of complex attacks and the lack of knowledge or careless attitudes displayed by employees who inadvertently introduce these new threats to the host business.
The AIR research finds that the UK “stands out” over and above other countries in a number of ways:
• UK employees are more familiar with cyber threats and security terms such as DDoS attacks and botnets than the global average
• 54% said their company has experienced a breach, which is slightly higher than the global average of 47%, while 41% of UK IT professionals have experienced at least one DDoS attack
• Globally, the UK has the highest percentage of employees (41%) who use Apps without permission from IT or without knowing if those Apps have been sanctioned to use at work
• Only 14% of UK IT decision-makers expect their company’s security budget to increase. This is in comparison to the US (45%), Brazil (44%) and India (38%)
• 41% of UK IT decision-makers expect cyber attacks to increase