Data leaks in the home are predicted to be the biggest security headache over the next two years as hybrid working arrangements see employees buying and installing their own technology, including laptops, printers and scanners.
In a survey of 500 IT decision-makers by Brother UK, 34% of respondents cited the issue as their top concern, ahead of data security in the office (27%), network security for remote workers (13%) and accountability (12%).
To mitigate the risk over the next two years, 23% expect office technology to be procured centrally, with employees purchasing home tech from approved supplier lists (up from 19% today). One in ten (11%) expects employees to be responsible for buying all office and home technology (up from 5% today).
Overall, security was seen as a ‘very important’ consideration by 63% of IT decision-makers, above productivity (52%), cost-efficiency (50%) and sustainability (48%).