UK networks are vulnerable via apps

Written by Mark Evans

Research released by A10 Networks examining the behaviour and attitudes of the workforce towards the use of business and personal apps has revealed issues of risk, security and impact on corporate culture.

The Application Intelligence Report (AIR) was commissioned by A10 Networks and conducted independently found the UK stood out over other countries in a number of ways:

• UK employees are more familiar with cyber threats and security terms.
• 54 per cent said their company has experienced a breach.
• Over a third of UK employees (41 per cent) use apps without permission.
• Only 14 per cent of IT decision makers expect their security budget to increase.
• 41 per cent of UK IT decision makers expect cyberattacks to increase.

The report also interviewed global IT decision makers about their efforts to defend their corporate networks, users and applications against cybersecurity attacks, finding that almost half (47 percent) said their company has suffered a data breach at least once.

More than half (55 per cent) of employees expect the use of business apps to increase in the workplace. However, app developers, IT heads and end users are at odds over who is responsible for application security and best practices. With employees, responsibility is low with only two out of five (41 per cent) claiming ownership for the security and protection of the non-business apps they use. The report highlights that employees believe security should be provided by app developers (20 per cent), service providers (17 per cent) and their IT department (16 per cent).

Employees accept that companies can block apps and websites at work – 87 per cent find this practice acceptable, and 85 per cent would accept a job in a company that does so, however only two thirds of employees claim their companies actually block specific sites or apps.

The complete findings are available here.