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Cisco survey shows need for cyber security rethink

Ike Suarez | Sept. 16, 2014
Rethink advised in the wake of growing adoption of flexwork policies

IT professionals must now rethink their cyber security policies as growing numbers of businesses and other organizations adopt the practice of flexwork and telecommuting for their employees, according to a press statement by Cisco Systems.

The San Jose, California-based vendor of network systems equipment cited its ASEAN regional director for security, Sogiarto Koh, who gave out the call following release of the findings of a survey their company had made among attendees to the recently-held RSA Asia-Pacific & Japan 2014 in Singapore last July 22 and 23.

Some key findings were the following:

  • 30.4% of respondents admitted to having allowed someone else other than a colleague to access their devices
  • 89.4 % said their companies supported telecommuting
  • Over 90% said they accessed their company's server and network from outside the office
  • 17% said they remained unaware of security protocols that their companies may have established to safeguard data and business intelligence when they telecommute.

Potential security gaps for businesses and other organizations sill had to be addressed in the wake of telecommuting, the press statement quoted Koh as he commented on the survey findings.

The survey sought to assess the level of security gaps and potential pitfalls due to the rapid emergence of home and mobile working.

Polled were IT managers and other mid-to-top-level executives from global companies across the IT and financial industries as well as government.



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