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The Month in Numbers

31  :  HOME WORKER SECURITY RISK 

One in three workers in small and medium-sized businesses (31%) admits to connecting to their corporate network from personal devices with no security controls in place. Employers are often at fault: 66% of IT decision-makers surveyed by Avast say they haven’t provided staff with dedicated work computers; 19% encourage home-workers to use personal devices and an additional 22% provide corporate software for staff to use on their own devices. Less than one quarter (23%) have specifically asked employees not to use personal devices for work. One in seven (15%) has noticed unidentified or unauthorised devices on the corporate network that they assume to be the personal devices of employees. www.avast.com 

67 : DIGITAL INEQUALITY 

Organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of digital inequality on employees, as hybrid working looks set to become the new normal. In a survey for the Reconfigured report from Actual Experience, 67% of C-Suite representatives say they are worried that new ways of working will introduce inequalities in how people access and use digital tools. Less than one fifth believe they are ‘very effective’ at understanding the digital requirements of employees (18%) or the link between digital tools and employee wellbeing (19%). https://reconfigured.actual- experience.com 

82 :  IT LEADERS DOWNPLAY CYBER THREATS
More than four out of five decision- makers (82%) feel obliged to downplay cyber risks in case their bosses regard them as negative or repetitive. In a Trend Micro survey of 5,000 professionals in large enterprises, 49% complained that cyber risk is still being treated as an IT problem rather than a business risk. Just 50% of IT leaders and 38% of business decision-makers believe the C-suite completely understands cyber risks, with 26% saying this is because executives don’t try hard enough and 20% saying they don’t want to understand. https://www.trendmicro.com/explore/ en_gb_trendmicro-global-risk-study 

96  :  GO GREEN, GO CLOUD 

European businesses can reduce energy use by nearly 80% by running their applications on the AWS Cloud instead of operating their own on-premise data centres, claims a new report by 451 Research. The study, commissioned by AWS, calculated that the reduction could be as high as 96% for an average workload once AWS reaches its 2025 goal to purchase 100% of its energy from renewable sources. 451 Research claims that cloud servers are roughly three times more energy-efficient and AWS data centres up to five times more energy efficient than the computing resources of the average European company. www.amazon.co.uk 

2,280 : WHAT HAVEN’T WE GOT HERE, THEN? 

Data obtained by niche litigation practice Griffin Law using Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation reveals that the Metropolitan Police lost 2,280 electronic devices in 2019 and 2020 through carelessness or theft, including 1,620 tablet computers, 392 mobile phones and 268 laptops. www.griffin.law 

270,000 : BUSINESS FLIGHT FROM LONDON 

One quarter of small London-based firms (or 270,000 businesses) would consider relocating their office to a different part of the UK, according to a survey by Hitachi Capital Business Finance. The top qualities people look for in a new location are low air pollution (22%), open spaces and access to countryside (21%), low local crime rates (21%), proximity to home (21%) and room to grow (20%). The Top 10 alternative locations are Brighton and Manchester (cited by 25%); Birmingham (21%); Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bristol (all 17%); and Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton (all 13%). https://www.hitachicapital.co.uk/ business-finance/ 

336,000  : HIGH COST OF DSARs 

Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs), when an individual requests to see all the data a company holds about them, are costing individual UK businesses between £72,000 and £336,000 every year. Analysis by The Data Privacy Group shows that large UK companies receive a minimum of six DSARs a month and a maximum of 28. Each request costs around £1,000 to deal with. https://thedataprivacygroup.com/ 

1.8 billion  : THE UPS AND DOWNS OF FRAUD 

UK residents have lost more than £1.8 billion to cyber criminals since January 2021, claims Money.co.uk. Its Quarterly Fraud Report reveals that there were 96,497 fraud and cyber crime-related police reports issued between July 1 and September 30 (Q3) 2021. Although the number of incidents was 16% lower than in Q2, losses rose by 6% to an average of £6,000 per victim. 

14 billion : AUTOMATION DIVIDEND 

UK companies that invest in automation enjoy an average year-on-year revenue increase of 5%, amounting to £14 billion every month, and a 4% increase in employment. A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research commissioned by SnapLogic indicates that automation has the potential to increase productivity by 15% in the long-term and create up to 3.3 million additional jobs. UK businesses spent an average of 8% of their annual revenue on automation at a total cost of £268 billion last year. Key areas of investment are cloud computing (64% of UK businesses), data integration (44%), Big data (41%) and Internet of Things (40%). snaplogic.com 

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