Among these attacks, 83 per cent involve phishing and 62 per cent are malware
Employers spent nearly US$15 billion extra per week on technology to enable safe and secure home working during COVID-19.
This was one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history – with IT leaders around the world spending more than their annual budget rise in just three months, according to a report by the Harvey Nash Group and KPMG.
“This unexpected and unplanned surge in technology investment has also been accompanied by massive changes in how organizations operate – with more organizational change in the last six months than we have seen in the last 10 years. Success will largely be about how organizations deal with their culture and engage with their people,” says Bev White, CEO of Harvey Nash Group.
A separate survey in July found that 48 per cent of Canadian businesses were unprepared for the immediate technological changes necessitated by COVID-19 – and 48 percent were concerned they will need to maintain long-term remote operations.
Despite the investment, four in 10 IT leaders say that their company has experienced more cyber attacks. Among these attacks, 83 per cent involve phishing and 62 per cent are malware.
As a result, organizations have struggled to find skilled cybersecurity professionals to support the shift to homeworking, according to the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey. Employers also report that cybersecurity (35 per cent) is now the most in-demand technology skill in the world.
A CNBC quick survey in March found that 36 per cent of business executives believe that cybersecurity threats have increased as the majority of their employees work from home.
The next three most scarce technology skills are organizational change management (27 per cent), enterprise architecture (23 per cent) and technical architecture and advanced analytics (both at 22 per cent).
And technology budgets will be under more strain over the year ahead. Before COVID-19, 51 per cent of IT leaders expected a budget rise in the next 12 months. But during the pandemic, this number declined to 43 per cent.
Andrew Williamson, account executive at Cisco, posted on LinkedIn about the importance of IT spending so employers can cater to remote workers.
“Because information technology will play a vital role in effectively connecting and securing a remote workforce, organizations will need to continue investments in hardware, software and services to maintain productivity amid the remote work revolution.”