- 42% think most likely workstyle will be mainly remote working with half days in office
- Only 39% feel their organisation is well equipped for long-term hybrid working
- 45% are not confident in their organisation’s ability to manage and secure remote staff’s home environments
- Biggest security concerns for this model cited as same security posture remotely, ransomware/malware, and untrusted/shared networks
- On average, 30% of overall IT budget expected to go towards security over next 12 months
Dublin, 19th November 2021 – Auxilion, a leading provider of digitally transformative IT services and solutions, and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announces the results of a new survey which reveals that almost three quarters (71%) of IT leaders would refuse or leave their job if remote or hybrid working wasn’t offered.
The survey – conducted by Mediateam and involving 100 IT decision makers in Ireland – found that some 42% think the most likely workstyle for their organisation going forward as restrictions continue to ease will be mainly remote working with half days in the office.
However, just 39% feel their organisation is well equipped for long-term hybrid working and some 52% rate their company as being only somewhat equipped for same.
The research also revealed that 45% of IT leaders are not confident in their organisation’s ability to manage and secure remote staff’s home environments, as 52% said their company doesn’t have a centralised system which provides full visibility of all devices being used by employees to access the company network.
Almost half (49%) of respondents also disclosed that they don’t think their organisation has adequate security and data loss prevention measures in place.
In terms of the biggest security concerns for the hybrid model, these were revealed as companies having the same security posture remotely (61%), ransomware/malware (60%), untrusted/shared networks (38%), data loss prevention (35%) and weak passwords (26%).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents said that one of the biggest challenges for businesses when employees return to a hybrid workplace is having adequate IT security measures for devices across locations (67%). The top challenge cited by IT leaders was ensuring that staff have the same user experience (68%).
It seems investment is going to be made in this area with those surveyed expecting, on average, 30% of their overall IT budget to go towards security over the next 12 months. Moreover, 40% of IT leaders are expecting the total IT budget to increase by at least 30%.
Philip Maguire, CEO, Auxilion, commented on the findings: “There is a clear disconnect between what the future workplace looks like and the security strategies that Irish organisations currently have in place. Hybrid is happening, but businesses are not fully prepared and are potentially leaving their company and people open to attack.
“As well as adequate protection to safeguard systems and staff working across multiple locations, organisations need to invest to ensure that the user experience remains streamlined and optimised – regardless of where teams are. Only then can they effectively secure company networks, enable people to be productive and support business growth in the hybrid working world.”
Ray O’Connor, Aruba Ireland Country Manager, HPE Aruba, added: “It is absolutely crucial that every employee feels engaged and has the same workplace experience, whether they are in the office or not. Equally so, each company must ensure that these connections and its network are properly managed and secured. Failing to do so could be costly from both a people and business perspective.”