BT AssureRethink the Risk
Involving more than 2,000 interviews across 11 countries the BT ‘Rethink theRisk’ research contrasts the views and expectations of employees with theplans and priorities of IT decision-makers in enterprises across public and keycommercial sectors.It highlights the new opportunities and security risks posed by the growingpresence of personal devices on corporate networks, the large scaledeployment of cloud solutions and increasing amounts of unstructureddata generated by contemporary commerce – all challenges addressed byinnovations within the BT Assure security portfolio. Crucially, the BT ‘Rethinkthe Risk’ research reveals that risks to enterprises are moving too fast forreactive security systems.
The risk landscape is changing, fast...
• Emerging threats already rank alongside established cyber-security challenges – Employees leaking data, Bring your owndevice (BYOD) and a mobile workforce are in the same threatleague as cyber-security.• Almost three-quarters of IT managers describe cyber-securityas “a major concern” while 84 per cent of those using cloudservices are “anxious” or “very anxious” about the securityimplications, acknowledging that keeping up is an endless task.• Enterprise IT departments recognise that their approach tocyber-security needs an upgrade and tighter controls and newtechnology are seen as key weapons.• When asked to select the three most important ways to helpstrengthen their approach towards cyber-security 66 per centhighlighted tighter controls over IT equipment, processes andnetworks, 62 per cent highlighted new technology to improvethe monitoring and identication of threats and 50 per centhighlighted improved skills among staff to assess and managecyber-security risks.• When asked to select the three most important factorswhen considering cyber-security solutions 61 per cent citedeffectiveness of monitoring and speed of response, 52 percent cited strength of resilience against attacks and 42 percent cited the ability to ex and ne-tune solutionsto requirements.
BYOD is presenting new, unprecedented challenges
• The BYOD genie is out of the bottle – 60 per cent of employeessay their employers permit them to connect personally-owneddevices to the corporate network to use them for work. Thisdrops to 37 per cent in the UK but increases to 80 per cent inIndia and 92 per cent in China, who have had the opportunityto develop new infrastructure from scratch so are more able toadopt modern policies and technologies.• 46 per cent of employees who currently can’t, would like to beable to use their personal devices for work.• While company sanctioned BYOD adoption is generally high, usestated by employees is higher than level IT managers acknowledge.• Organisations in China (53 per cent), Brazil (51 per cent) andthe USA (50 per cent) are most likely to have formal BYODpolicies in place, but there is still signicant acknowledgedpenetration in countries least likely to already have a policy –Italy (25 per cent), UK (31 per cent) and Germany (34 per cent).
Number of respondents rating each of these threat areas as “‘challenging” or “very challenging’(BASE: IT respondents)