New research reveals that security is an afterthought for almost half of UK IT leaders (45%) when deploying new tools.
The research commissioned by IT infrastructure solutions provider CAE Technology Services Ltd (CAE) of 200 IT leaders and professionals working in the UK showed that just 7% of IT professionals believe that security is at the forefront of their organisation’s strategic thinking.
While 92% agreed that security risks have increased in the last five years, two-thirds (62%) of respondents have seen increased security risks and pressures from their employers.
Almost half (48%) feel that rapid/forced deployment of new tools as a result of hybrid working has caused them challenges around security.
With flexible and remote working becoming more prevalent, there is now a higher risk of security breaches and cyber-attacks than ever before, with 39% of UK businesses identifying a cyber attack within the past 12 months.
Dene Lewis, Head of Technical Strategy and Direction at CAE, said, “These statistics reflect a concerning trend within UK organisations. The threat of cyber attacks is a reality that many UK organisations are facing, so needs strategic focus from leaders.
Although there are many different factors at play, UK organisations must take preventative measures to protect themselves against outside threats.”
Lewis concludes, “To address these issues, businesses must invest in the necessary tools and resources to protect their IT systems.
This includes implementing zero trust architecture and processes, regular security assessments, and employee training programmes to raise awareness of security risks and best practices.”