In 2021 SecureAge surveyed 1,000 US-based respondents (400+ employers; 600+ employees), 600 UK-based respondents (200+ employers; 400+ employees), and 300 Japan-based respondents (100+ employers; 200+ employees) to find out more about cybersecurity concerns during the pandemic and what has been done to prepare for the future.
The study, conducted between July and August 2021, revealed new cybersecurity trends as well as how businesses have and have not adapted. Below are the key findings from Employees and then Employers.
Many employees used their personal laptops/computers during the shift to remote working. Have you been provided a laptop/computer by your company or have you been using your personal one?
Have you been formally trained by your company on the following policies to deal with remote working?
What additional measures has your company taken to increase cybersecurity for remote work?
Do you feel your company’s cybersecurity measures are easily implemented/ user friendly?
How has working remotely impacted your confidence in dealing with cybersecurity incidents involving work?
How confident are you that your company is well protected / prepared to cope with a cyberattack?
Have you dealt with a cybersecurity incident in the past involving work?
How has your company invested in cybersecurity training since the pandemic?
Do you plan on working from the office when your company reopens?
As offices open up, many companies are investing in new and updated technology (endpoint equipment, encryption software, etc.) to protect against cyberattack. Is your company planning on investing in new cybersecurity solutions?
Prior to the pandemic, did your company provide cybersecurity training to your employees?
Did your company adopt any new security measures to cope with the remote workforce?
If yes, what types of measures did your company adopt?
What was the biggest challenge in getting these measures implemented within your organization?
As offices open up, many companies are investing in new and updated technology (endpoint equipment, encryption software, etc.) to protect against cyber attack. Is your company planning on investing in new cybersecurity solutions?
Has your company provided formal training on the following policies?
How confident are you that your cybersecurity infrastructure (eg. solutions, talent, etc.) are effectively protecting you from cyberattacks during this remote period?
What do you believe is the most effective way for employers to avoid cyber attack?
Has your current company dealt with a cybersecurity breach in the past?
Does your company have any plan to increase their budget in cybersecurity in the future?
How much of a budget increase does your company plan to do to invest in cybersecurity in 2022?
How much budget have you set aside for cybersecurity training for workers in a hybrid (i.e. workplace & remote) environment?
Does your company plan on reopening the office?