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28 Aug 2014

Vol.116 (En)

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Higher risk of cyber attack caused by flexible work policies

Rethink your company's cyber security

Flexible working policies has spread widely in Singapore, Japan, all the Asia-Pacific countries. Recent survey conducted by global IT group Cisco, revealed that flexible working environment such as accessing company's server and network from outside the office has increased the risk of cyber-attacks.

Nearly 300 participants took part in the survey at an information security conference in Singapore, RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan 2014, last month.

The respondents comprised IT managers and mid- to top-level executives across a wide variety of global companies across the IT, financial and government industries, reported The Business Times newspaper.

The survey result found that over 90 per cent of participated companies allowed employees to access their company's server and network from outside the office and that 17 per cent of them were unaware of security protocols.

There was an ironic finding, too - 30 per cent of security experts had admitted to allowing someone other than a colleague access to their work devices.

"As security risks increasingly shift from the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend to flexible working policies, it has also become more critical than ever for companies to adopt a threat-centric approach to security that addresses the full attack continuum - before, during and after an attack", said Sugiarto Koh, regional director of Cisco's security division in ASEAN.

If your company have been adopting flexible working policies, please make sure the secrity is high enough. He also added: "Today, the reality is that it is no longer a matter of if attackers get in, but when".