In 2019 Sophos and TRA collaborated to launch the first edition report of the Future of Cybersecurity in Asia Pacific and Japan.
That report revealed that organisations in APJ faced a series of cybersecurity obstacles in the areas of education, company culture, skills, budgeting, and operational management. At the time, the key themes centred on creating stronger education and awareness of security threats and issues, underpinned by more efficient adoption and usage of new cybersecurity tools and solutions.
Well, not much and a great deal. The COVID-19-driven 2020 mass migration to a work from home/ remote work environment imposed considerable stresses on organisations’ technology and cybersecurity capabilities. Broadly, whilst where we work changed substantially, the digital transformation agenda continued its acceleration and security maturity, education and capabilities that we saw in 2019 continue to be problematic.
Our survey of senior IT and security decision makers in 900 companies in Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore highlighted that:
As with our first edition, this report comprises four sections – the research results, individual country insights, a list of steps to consider when reviewing/implementing cybersecurity strategies, and the view of the report sponsor, Sophos.