If Blackberry''s research is to be desired, smart devices with poor security might end up bringing home workers back to the office.
According to new research from the company, eight-in-ten - 79 percent - of all UK businesses reportedly take no steps to safeguard their workers'' home internet connections or provide software protection for domestic devices.
Despite 74 percent of home owners purchased in the past two years, less than a third (32%) of British home workers who own a smart device said security was a top three factor when making these purchases.
Why are smart devices a problem?
The research, which addressed 1,000 Brits, outlined how smart devices can help cybercriminals achieve the desired outcome.
Cybercriminals are focusing on UK companies, with knock-on effects to their employees, according to Keiron Holyome, VP UKI, Middle East and Africa.
Although these devices may seem innocent, poor actors have easily access to home networks with connection to company data or company data on consumer devices, and steal data and intellectual property worth millions.
Rising living expenses, an imminent recession, increasing violence, and rising cyber insurance rates have created a suitable environment for cybercrime, citing how both the COVID-19 epidemic and the 2008 financial crisis saw a surge in cybercrime.
According to the study, UK consumers were particularly interested in the price and ease of setting up smart devices out of any of the selected countries, with this being the top three buying indicators for 58% and 40% respectively.
You cannot go very far at all times to see examples of technology that are revealed to be having severe flaws for consumers.
Security researchers at Microsoft discovered a slew of critical remote code execution vulnerabilities in a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) devices, claiming that these flaws may widen vulnerabilities in everything from consumer devices to medical and industrial control hardware.