80% of Indian organisations struggle to teach cybersecurity

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Mumbai: Sophos’ latest survey report found that 80% of Indian organisations struggle to educate their leaders and employees about security.

The second edition of Sophos’ The Future of Cybersecurity in Asia Pacific and Japan report in collaboration with Tech Research Asia (TRA) revealed that despite cyberattacks increasing, cybersecurity budgets have remained stagnant and executive teams continue to underestimate the level of damage threats can do to organisations.

In India, the survey identified the top cybersecurity frustration of IT leaders to be that executives assume that their organisation will never get attacked. This was followed by the assumption that even though their organisation may be compromised, there is nothing they can do to stop it.

While attacks are increasing in frequency and severity, 80% of Indian organisations confessed to struggling with providing adequate education to their leaders and employees regarding cybersecurity.

Even more alarming, the findings found that 56% of Indian organisations weren’t running up-to-date cybersecurity protection at the time of the most significant attack they suffered in the past year.

At a time when data breaches and sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware are growing at an alarming rate, cybersecurity preparedness is paramount, according to Sunil Sharma, MD – Sales, Sophos India and SAARC>

“While businesses are waking up to take note of such attacks and working to secure their organisations, it is vital for them to educate their leaders and employees about the seriousness of cyberattacks. It’s high time that cybersecurity is seen as adding value to the overall business and not as a cost,” said Sharma.

“Business leaders should understand that their stakeholders, including customers, will trust them more if they know they are dealing with an organisation that follows best cybersecurity practices and that their data is safe,” added Sharma.

“Organisations need to be more vigilant, educating their employees and leaders about cyber hygiene along with having the right cybersecurity tools, people and processes in place to minimise the impact,” he concluded.

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