34% Indian business leaders put cyber security as strategic priority: Study

A Citrix and Ponemon Institute study highlights most Indian businesses need a new cyber security framework

91% of businesses in India say their organization is at risk because of the complexity of business and it operations, which is above the APJ average of 85% and the worldwide average of 83%, according to a global study by Citrix and Ponemon Institute, titled The Need for a New IT Security Architecture. The report also covers global trends in IT security risks and reasons why security practices and policies need to evolve in order to deal with threats from disruptive technologies, cybercrime and compliance.


As a country in the throes of digitization, cyber security is one of the most hotly debated topics in India and according to research firm Gartner, the IT security market in India is estimated to grow up to USD 1.24 billion in 2017. The Indian Government's push towards digitization of data and transactions in order to fuel growth has in turn made it more vulnerable to cyberspace threats and attacks. As such, recent years have seen the cyber security market grow substantially to keep up with the digitization agenda.


“With an increasing number of traditional businesses taking the digital route, workspaces are no longer confined to the four walls of an office. While this shift has made the modern workforce more flexible and productive, it has also brought along its own set of security concerns. For modern enterprises, security management and protection of data is an integral business function and no longer an IT task”, said Parag Arora, Country Head and Area Vice President, Citrix, India.


Complexity continues to drive Shadow IT in India:

  • 91% of businesses in India said their organization is at risk because of the complexity of business and it operations. Globally, the average for this is about 83% and the APJ average is 85%
  • 60% of respondents, stated that employees and third parties bypass security policies and technologies because they are too complex


Cybersecurity still an afterthought?

  • 72% of businesses in India say it is time for a new security framework
  • Less than half of respondents in India (44%) said that their organizations have the right policies and procedures in place to protect information assets and critical information
  • Despite this, only a third (34%) of respondents from India believe that their organization’s senior leadership views cybersecurity as a strategic priority, which is in line with the global average of 33%
  • 63% of the respondents said that their organization’s existing security solutions were outdated and inadequate
  • 82% of Indian respondents said that silos are resulting in the lack of collaboration between IT security and lines of business


BYOD biggest hindrance?

  • With 80% of respondents stating that their companies use file sharing and document collaboration tools, only 39% of respondents said that their organization effectively reduces the inherent risk of unmanaged data
  • Organizations are still not able to control employees' devices and apps, said 80% of the respondents from the survey
  • Unsuccessfully deployed software is costing organizations in Asia-Pacific, 52% of respondents in India said their organization made investments in software that was not successfully deployed
  • Unapproved applications are a looming risk for organizations in India, with only a third (35%) of respondents stating that their organization effectively reduces the inherent risk of unapproved applications


Survey Methodology

The research features insights from over 4,200 IT and IT security practitioners in Australia / New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

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