APAC CIOs Gear Up On BYOD, Cloud Security Threats

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 26, 2014


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cloud and the Internet are the top areas of concern for security threats for APAC CIOs, according to a new Dell Software Global Security Survey. The survey that covered three key markets in APAC, including, Australia, China and India notes that more than half of the IT decision-makers in the region state that IT security will be their top priority in the next 12 months.

Dell compared all the three regions in APAC and found out that India and China are in a better position to counter threat, or at least are taking a more proactive step in this area. Over 58% of CIOs in India and 49% in China agree that security will be their top priority in the next 12 months. However, only 30% of IT decision-makers surveyed in Australia are putting security as their top priority, showing that Australian CIOs need to gear up and rethink their IT security strategy.

BYOD security - A top priority

Nine out of every 10 organizations surveyed in APAC allow personal devices for work. 34% of end users access the network on personal devices and 46% of respondents said instituting policies for BYOD security is a top priority.

With regard to BYOD security, “A sizable number of respondents highlighted mobility as the root cause of a breach, with increased mobility and user choice flooding networks with access devices that provide many paths for exposing data and applications to risk,” found out the Dell survey. A quarter of the respondents state that misuse of mobile devices or operating system vulnerabilities is the root cause of security breaches.

Cloud security threats

Over 70% organizations in the APAC region currently use cloud, but a little less than half have invested in cloud security and planned to do so in the next 5 years, suggesting a serious gap in this area. Dell researchers point out that although 18% organization consider cloud as a top security concern, this is an area they should devote more attention as the future of IT is in the Cloud.

Internet and Browser-based applications

Increased reliance upon internet and browser-based applications as a top concern in the next five years state 68% IT decision makers in Australia, China and India. while internet and browser-based applications was highlighted as a top concern by 75% of businesses in China, numbers in India and Australia are as low as 65% and 67% respectively.

“Besides BYOD, Cloud and Internet, the dramatic spike in social engineering, malicious and internal attacks, as well as sophisticated, advanced persistent threats means the organization is vulnerable from all directions,” Dell noted, stressing that it is important for companies to be able to act quickly when an attack occurs. However, 83% said their current security processes enable IT to immediately identify a security breach, but the actual detection of the breach took 7-8 hours on average.

Dell recommends organizations must immediately take action to strengthen access to points inside and outside the perimeter, and help users prevent such attacks.