Equinix survey reveals two-thirds of IT decision-makers in Ireland feel vulnerable to data breaches due to remote working

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Equinix, Inc., the world’s digital infrastructure company, has unveiled new findings from a survey, which found that two-thirds of IT decision-makers in Ireland feel more susceptible to data breaches due to the IT strain associated with pandemic-driven remote working.

The independent study, commissioned by Equinix, surveyed 127 senior IT decision-makers in Ireland, illustrating the prevailing sentiments pertaining to the security challenges linked to remote working for businesses nationwide.

The survey found that on average, organisations have invested an additional €556,916 in their IT infrastructure in order to maintain secure and efficient operations during the pandemic. The majority (71%) of IT professionals in Ireland reported their organisation has had to increase IT security due to the rapid shift towards remote working, precipitated by the pandemic.

The findings also show how a heightened sense of trepidation around data security is informing the decision making of IT leaders, with almost half (48%) of companies surveyed in Ireland planning to invest more in data security in the future, as a result of COVID-19.

According to the Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 4—a market study published by Equinix in October—distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have grown by more than 270% year-over-year, while 30% of companies are being challenged by thousands of insecure devices connecting daily and without IT oversight.

As a means of enabling businesses to privately, securely, and seamlessly interconnect with a high concentration of the world’s major cloud providers, as well as with their own distributed infrastructure, Equinix Fabric™ helps enterprises deploy a bespoke, cloud-first strategy tailored to their evolving business requirements.

Additional findings from the survey highlight that:

  • More than a quarter (27%) of respondents are worried that their company or employees have breached GDPR regulations as a result of remote working arrangements.
  • 52% of enterprises in Ireland are planning to invest more in cloud and data centre services to support remote working.
  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of those surveyed report that COVID-19 has triggered greater executive-level awareness of, and engagement with, IT strategies.

Equinix’s survey demonstrates how the central role of digital technology in helping businesses to survive and thrive throughout COVID-19 has underlined the strategic importance of the IT department. And according to analysis from David Cappuccio, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner, and Henrique Cecci, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner: “By 2025, 85% of infrastructure strategies will integrate on-premises, colocation, cloud, and edge delivery options, compared with 20% in 2020”.

In line with this forecast, Equinix has dramatically expanded the size of the digital ecosystem accessible to Equinix Fabric customers, by launching a new capability that allows users to connect to any other customer on Platform Equinix®. With this innovation, Equinix Fabric customers can expand their interconnection reach by more than 3x with the ability to connect to the more than 10,000 clouds, networks, partners, customers, and rich ecosystems, currently available on Platform Equinix.

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director for Ireland, Equinix commented:

“While the transition towards remote working has been broadly welcomed by employees, and in most cases facilitated successfully by employers, industries are still experiencing teething problems when it comes to managing a remote workforce. 

In the GDPR-defined compliance era, companies have had to adjust to tightening regulatory constraints, and have become increasingly cognisant of the implications of data breaches from a financial, reputational, and regulatory standpoint. However, the sudden urgency to enable remote working this year has left many businesses feeling susceptible to data breaches.

Thankfully, the adoption of secure, multi-cloud solutions can now be executed in a swift and seamless manner, providing a much-needed degree of assurance pertaining to data security. At the same time, private cloud connections can help enterprises navigate the ever-evolving data privacy landscape with a newfound sense of clarity and confidence.”