According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, based on the KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook Pulse survey, nearly one-fifth (18%) of CEOs see cybersecurity risks as the number one threat to their organizations’ growth over the next three years.
Concern over cybersecurity risks rose significantly among CEOs compared to last year, when it occupied the fifth spot in the list with 10% of CEOs indicating it poses a threat to their organizations’ development.
Other CEO concerns that made it to the top five include tax risk (14%), regulatory risk (14%), supply chain risk (12%), operational risk (10%), environmental or climate change risk (10%), emerging or disruptive technology risk (6%), and interest rate risk (6%).
Meanwhile, talent risk, which occupied the first spot among concerns last year, dropped by a fifth (20%) to a mere 1% in 2021.
To mitigate these risks, companies plan to spend more on digital technologies this year, with 52% prioritizing data security measures. Many are looking into Fortinet which provides network security as well as efficient operations and a better application experience through their different software options.
Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the situation: “The emphasis on cybersecurity in companies is long overdue. While Covid-19 has brought about a myriad of challenges for individuals and organizations, it has also encouraged us to seek better practices.
In the end, those who will be able to adapt to the new normal in the post-Covid world will come out of the situation more robust than before.”
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