Liquids Intelligent Technologies has reported that over 90 percent of IT decision makers across South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe have accelerated their Cyber Security due to the substantial emergence of digital ways of working.
The study established some of the main concerns about Cyber Security threats and the most significant impacts of digital breaches on an organisational level.
A critical insight from the research suggests that 79 percent of businesses from all three countries attribute an increase in Cyber Security threats to the advent of remote working.
Data breaches like data extortion, data leakage and data disclosure constitute almost 71% of the cyber-attacks for Kenyan businesses, and over 70% of South African and Zimbabwean organisations consider email attacks like Phishing the most prominent digital threats.
The participants from the research also indicated an increased consumption of Cloud-based services this year, with the numbers being as high as 96% in South Africa, 95% in Kenya and 75% in Zimbabwe.
This comes from a jump in Microsoft Office 365, Teams, Zoom, Google Workspace, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.
Consequentially, Cyber Security threats and concerns seem to be spiralling up as the workforce continues to shift to working through digital platforms. According to the research, managing user access to information, data loss and recovery, visibility and control of data, and compliance challenges remain some of the biggest concerns for organisations.
Almost 80% of organisations that participated in this research from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya agree that Cyber Security threats have increased over the past year.
When segmented by respondents working specifically in large enterprises, the research permitted a more informed audience and knowledgeable opinions.
According to the study, an emerging trend for 2021 is that 53% of the respondents emphasise security and data protection as significant concerns.
Some of the biggest security concerns cited by businesses using Cloud services are managing user access to information, data loss, recovery and lack of security controls made available by Cloud providers.
The research also pointed out Email attacks, Web-based attacks, Social Engineering, Malware, Ransomware and Data Breaches to be the top concerns around Cyber Security in 2021.
Ignus de Villiers, Group Head of Cyber Security, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, says, “The result of our research confirms that Cyber Security should be at the centre of every business conversation and emphasises the need to establish an appropriate Cyber Security Framework that matches the business environment. Critically, the framework must look beyond technical security controls to include information security management covering governance, risk, compliance, people, processes and technology”.
The 2021 research from Liquid takes a deep dive into the current and emerging trends for Cyber Security to help businesses understand the dynamic nature of the Cyber Security threat landscape.
Liquid aims to highlight the importance of investing in Cyber Security controls and take a microscopic look at the current trends that navigate this complex field, thereby allowing its clients, consumers, and partners to adjust their existing security infrastructure to be well prepared for the future.
This comes even as a new report has indicated that cyber-attacks on Kenyan organisations fell 13 percent in the first half of 2021.
Latest data from global cybersecurity company Kaspersky shows that malware attacks fell to 28.3 million from 32 million in the same period last year.
According to Business Daily, Kaspersky Africa Enterprise sales manager Bethwel Opil said malicious softwares or malware can get onto devices through clicking of infected links or adverts, opening an attachment in a spam email or downloading a compromised app.
“All countries but Kenya saw the relative growth of all malware attacks. Ethiopia and Nigeria have seen an increase of 20 percent and 23 percent respectively and South Africa an increase of 14 percent while Kenya’s number of attacks decreased by 13 percent,” Kaspersky said in a statement.
Only in June, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) launched a mobile application for reporting cyber security incidents, as part of efforts to fight cyber-attacks that have risen sharply due to the Covid-19 pandemic.