Dimension Data: Mobile Workspaces Are Not Ready for the Cyber Threats of Tomorrow

, the USD7.5 billion global ICT solutions and services provider,
today published a ¹white paper that examines the need for organisations
to transform in order to allow employees to work in more mobile
workspaces. In fact, enterprises that fail to offer employees a
flexible, autonomous, and creative work environment are at risk of not
attracting and retaining next-generation talent. However, most
workspaces are not ready for the cyber threats of tomorrow.

Called Securing
Workspaces for Tomorrow
, the white paper explores the
topic of how employees across the globe are already demanding a more
mobile workplace, with the flexibility to work from anywhere, any time,
on any device, in order to become more productive and achieve work-life

“But,” warns Matthew Gyde, Dimension Data Group Executive – Security,
“because mobile users access the Internet on the go, they’re more
vulnerable to attacks as they may not have the same level of security as
within the office perimeter.”

Tony Walt, Dimension Data Group Executive – End-user Computing says,
“Mobility is not just a preference, but a necessity which will
inadvertently introduce complexity, as it relates to maintaining the
integrity of the ‘secured workspace for tomorrow’.”

As more enterprises aspire to create future workspaces and harness the
benefits of a mobile workforce that leverage cloud platforms, there’s a
greater need to implement appropriate measures to secure data,
infrastructures, applications, and users wherever they may reside. The
devices, environment, applications, emerging technologies all connect to
the Internet, potentially opening up avenues for cyber criminals to
exploit the vulnerabilities of the new workspace.

“While the mobile endpoint is a potential game changer for businesses,
it exposes mobile workers to security risks and vulnerabilities, as
they’re not protected by enterprise-grade security,” explains Gyde.

Some highlights in the Securing
Workspaces for Tomorrow
white paper include:

  • Smart offices: the Internet of Things brings the Internet of
    The IoT-enabled workspaces for the future deliver a
    degree of control and customisation that was not achievable in the
    past. However, these smart devices and their hubs could be more
    susceptible to cyber attacks, as they’re typically designed with only
    basic security features.
  • Cyberattacks are mostly undetected: they’re often hiding in
    encrypted HTTPS traffic, or in legitimate files such as word and PDF
  • End users are identified as the weakest link and an internal threat:
    54% of security professionals worldwide view phishing / social
    engineering as one of the two most common threat techniques
  • Cyber criminals could target Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms:
    if data in transmission to the cloud is intercepted or residing in the
    cloud without proper encryption, it becomes an instant gold mine
    waiting for its discoverers
  • Blocking threats through context-aware security analytics:
    Context-Aware Security Analytics can be used to quickly detect a broad
    range of advanced attacks such as volumetric DDoS, zero-day malware,
    and insider threats. Along with continuous lateral monitoring across
    enterprise networks with user, device and application awareness, the
    solution accelerates incident response, improves forensic
    investigations and reduces enterprise risk

Click here
to download the Securing Workspaces for Tomorrow white paper.

¹ Dimension Data commissioned Frost
and Sullivan
to research and compile the Securing Workspaces
for Tomorrow white paper


Dimension Data Holdings plc
Hilary King, mobile: +27 (0) 82 414 9623
PR Manager
Email: hilary.king@dimensiondata.com