According to a global poll conducted by cybersecurity firm Sophos, most IT teams in India encountered more significant cyberattacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the survey, during 2020, 67% of IT teams expect an increase in the number of cyberattacks targeting their firm.
The rise in cyberattacks during the pandemic influenced IT security skills in all of the survey’s industry sectors, including at a global level.
Education (83%) is the most popular, followed by retail (85%) and healthcare (85%). (80 per cent).
As a result of the accelerated digital transformation, the demands on IT teams have intensified. IT workload (without security) increased for 71% of IT teams, while cybersecurity increased by 72%.
IT teams honed their expertise in response to rising cybersecurity risks and demand.
Throughout 2020, many IT teams in India saw increased cyberattacks (90%) and a more significant security workload (89%) that upgraded their security skills and expertise.
“Most of this professional development was likely informal on-the-job learning,” according to the paper, “learned as teams handled new technology and security needs, frequently under duress and far from their usual place of work.”
Despite the pandemic’s hurdles, 69 per cent of Indian IT teams reported improved morale in 2020.
“Team morale was strengthened by tackling obstacles together. Many IT teams’ confidence has increased as well. “According to the survey.
External and personal situations, such as local lockdowns, inability to see relatives, and other variables, are likely to affect morale during the pandemic.
“2020 was an exceptional year for IT teams throughout the world,” said Chester Wisniewski, a chief research scientist at Sophos.
Information technology experts played a critical role in assisting organisations in continuing to operate despite the constraints and limitations imposed by Covid-19. Much of this will have been accomplished quickly, with limited equipment and resources, and against the backdrop of an increasing number of cyberattacks on the network, endpoints, and personnel. To suggest that most IT teams were undoubtedly under a lot of pressure is an understatement.
“However, the poll shows that in many cases, these obstacles have resulted in not just more highly competent, but also more motivated IT teams, ready to take on the problems of the future,” Wisniewski added.
Moving forward, many companies plan to expand their in-house and outsourced IT teams, to take advantage of advanced tools and technologies in 2021.
According to the poll, 73% of IT teams predict an increase in in-house IT security professionals by 2023, while 66% expect an increase in outsourced IT security staff within the same period.
Artificial Intelligence is expected to assist 96% of respondents in dealing with the increasing number of attacks and 95% in dealing with the complexity of attacks. One explanation for this could be that 86% of IT teams believe cyberattacks are too advanced for in-house teams to handle.
In Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, the survey interviewed 5,400 IT decision-makers in mid-sized enterprises.