Many companies in India are working with a hybrid work model, it allows employees to continue their office from anywhere, whether from the office or home. However, the use of unregistered devices by employees has increased the security risks around hybrid work in India, a new report showed on Monday.
According to the Cisco report, over nine in 10 (95 percent), respondents in the country say their employees are using unregistered devices to log into work platforms.
About 82 percent say their employees spend more than 10 percent of the day working from these unregistered devices.
“Today, disruption is happening faster than ever. It calls for a re-evaluation of the cybersecurity architecture to ensure that predictivity and intelligence are embedded at the core providing real-time visibility into distributed applications, security, networks, users, and services. Security resilience, preparedness, and response must be at the forefront in order to navigate through the intensifying threat landscape in 2023,” Samir Kumar Mishra, Director of Security Sales, Cisco India & SAARC, said in a statement.
As employees are logging into work from multiple networks across their homes, local coffee shops, and even supermarkets, about 94 percent of respondents say their employees use at least two networks for logging into work, and 57 percent say their employees use more than five networks, according to the report.
Moreover, it also said that over 80 percent of respondents had experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past 12 months, in which the top three types of incidents suffered were malware, data leaks, and phishing.
As security leaders in the country acknowledge the challenges, 95 percent expect their organizations to increase their cybersecurity spending by over ten percent over the next year, and 99 percent expect IT infrastructure upgrades within the next 24 months, said the report.