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SURGE IN UK CYBERSECURITY AND DATA PROTECTION
The cyberskills gaps is well reported and new research from IONOS Cloud has highlighted that more than 40 % of IT decision makers surveyed admit to their business having a cybersecurity skills gap . Intelligent SME . tech finds out more about the research and hears from Peter Prahl , SVP International and Digital Cloud , IONOS , about how it impacts SMEs .
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PLACE TO PLUG THESE GAPS AND DON ’ T HESITATE TO WORK WITH EXTERNAL EXPERTISE TO ENSURE
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N leading provider of cloud infrastructure and cloud services , IONOS Cloud , has found that over 40 % of IT decision makers ( IT DMs ) surveyed admit to their business having a cybersecurity skills gap , with a third ( 34 %) saying this is putting their organisation at risk of security threats . Additionally , four in 10 of those surveyed say they are facing a skills gap in data protection or cloud knowledge and understanding .
Worryingly , a quarter of those surveyed also state that the business they work for isn ’ t as secure as it needs to be ( 25 %) and that their organisation is not adhering to necessary legislation ( 25 %).
When stating what they feel are the biggest threats to a business ’ s IT security at this time , respondents said increased DDoS attacks ( 35 %), phishing and scam attacks
( 35 %), employees downloading unapproved apps ( 33 %) and employees not storing data correctly ( 32 %).
The research , which was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of IONOS Cloud , polled 609 IT decision makers . The aim was to better understand the current challenges businesses are facing in the wake of the pandemic and where cybersecurity and data protection standards are sitting on business IT priority lists .
While the skills gap is a clear issue , encouragingly , many businesses do in fact recognise the importance of cybersecurity , with more than three quarters of those asked ( 76 %) saying it is either the top priority ( 34 %) for their business or within the top three ( 42 %).
However , when asked about cybersecurity risk assessments , there was a real disparity in responses . Remarkably , only one third of
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