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Research roundup: Cyber worries, metaverse readiness, remote work recognition, hybrid-cloud skills

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by Peter Krass on 09/28/2022
Blog Category: advanced-technologies

Cybersecurity is up. Execs are ready for the metaverse. Remote workers may be missing out. And hybrid-cloud skills are scarce.

That’s some of the latest in IT research. And here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

Cybersec worries

In response to the growing threat of data breaches, 9 in 10 U.S. organizations have recently adopted a heightened cybersecurity posture, finds a survey by SaaS provider Diligent.

Also, 40% of respondents say a data breach is their top risk for revenue growth. That outpolled both security and fraud (37%) and risk of recession (also 37%).

The most common forms of cyber attacks experienced by respondents were social engineering (cited by 17%), cloud vulnerabilities (13%) and third-party exposures (11%).

To get its findings, Diligent surveyed more than 450 senior risk, compliance and security pros working in the United States.

In a related survey, this one conducted by ID-management vendor Venafi, 81% of companies worldwide said they’d had a cloud-related security incident in the last 12 months. And nearly half (45%) said that during the same time period, they’d had at least 4 cyber incidents.

Metaverse? Bring it on!

Nearly 8 in 10 business professionals (78%) say they’re ready for the metaverse.

That’s according to a global survey conducted by Ciena, a networking systems and software supplier. It was a big survey, receiving responses from 15,000 business pros in 15 countries.

Top findings include:

> 96% of respondents believe virtual meetings in the metaverse will have value

> 78% say they’d participate in more immersive experiences like the metaverse

> 87% would feel comfortable conducting an HR meeting in a virtual space

> 71% can see the metaverse becoming part of existing work practices

Remote working? Mind the gap

There’s a big gap between workers and bosses when it comes to recognizing work contributions.

More than half of office workers believe their contributions will be just as well recognized when they work from home as when they work in the office, according to a survey by Envoy, a provider of workplace platforms.

But their bosses disagree. Nearly all (96%) say they recognize employee contributions much more in the office.

The two sides do agree on one thing: The office provides a sense of community. That got buy-in from 94% of the bosses surveyed and 84% of the office workers.

Hybrid-cloud concerns

Hybrid cloud is critical to modernization, but there’s a problem: Nearly 70% of business and technology decision-makers worry that their teams lack the needed skills.

That’s a key finding of IBM’s new “state of the cloud” survey. IBM got responses from over 3,000 respondents in 12 countries and 15 industries.

Hybrid cloud is important, the survey finds. Seventy-one percent of respondents say they’d find it difficult to realize the full potential of digital transformation without hybrid cloud.

Yet 69% of respondents said their team lacks proficiency in hybrid-cloud skills. And more than a third say this lack of tech skills is holding them back from integrating ecosystem partners in their hybrid-cloud environments.

Sounds like a great time to offer hybrid-cloud training.


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