F5’s latest report Curve of Convenience 2020 Report: The Privacy-Convenience Paradox uncovers that 43 percent of Asia Pacific consumers expect businesses to protect their data, while another 32 percent believe it’s the responsibility of the government. Meanwhile, more than nine in 10 (96 percent) consumers say they would choose convenience and frictionless or seamless application user experiences over security. These findings reveal a delicate balancing act between security and convenience that businesses and governments are being held responsible for.
Today’s challenging environment, especially in the face of COVID-19, and corresponding changes in digital habits has left many systems – and users – exposed, pressuring businesses and governments to fortify their security frameworks and further tighten regulations and compliance policies
According to industry expert, Ankit Saurabh, Assistant Lecturer, School of Engineering and Technology at PSB Academy, “With COVID-19 changing various aspects of our routine, most of us have been adapting to the new normal of working-from-home , and online banking, entertainment, shopping and food delivery applications have become our primary means of accessing goods and services today. During this critical time, businesses need to work even harder towards improving their security postures to protect customer and organizational data.”
To remain competitive under these circumstances, businesses must consistently deliver unique, high-performing, and secure digital experiences, all while adhering to complex compliance and security requirements as well as ensuring a convenient, frictionless, and user-friendly experience. To help achieve this goal, businesses should turn to a largely untapped resource: the customer.
The Curve of Convenience 2020 Report shows that 27 percent of respondents are not even aware of breaches to government sites or high-use applications, making it more important than ever to view customers as allies, working towards the common goal for a delightful, yet secure, digital experience. Users, if armed with the right information, can increase vigilance when sharing their data, or even demand for more transparency on how their data will be used. “It is imperative for businesses to not only train and equip their workforce with the necessary skills, but to also involve the consumers in this security-convenience journey to stop cyber threats in their tracks,” said Saurabh.
“The current pandemic has accelerated the digital journey for both businesses and users in India and apps are transforming the way consumers interact with products and services. To ease the constant tension between security and convenience, businesses should proactively involve consumers in the security journey,” said Dhananjay Ganjoo, Managing Director of India and SAARC at F5. “With increased application consumption and security vulnerabilities, businesses have been forced to go digital without the best security practices and standards in place. However, there is a significant opportunity for businesses to partner with consumers, and together with their digital partners, create solutions that deliver secure and frictionless experiences for users at all times.”
While consumers have chosen to cede responsibility for their own digital safety to brands and the government, it is critical that these organizations continue to educate and partner with users about the consequences of choices they make when they choose to trade data or privacy to gain more seamless experiences. With this partnership in place, organizations across the board can further utilize next-level technology solutions to implement robust security postures while also delivering the frictionless experiences that consumers have come to expect.
Most Asia Pacific consumers assign security responsibilities to businesses and governments. 43 percent of respondents believe that the responsibility lies with businesses. In comparison, 32 percent believe that the onus lies with governments to protect their data – only 25 percent believe it is the users’ responsibility to protect their own data. In fact, 44 percent of respondents from India believe that it is businesses’ responsibility to protect users’ data.
69 percent of Asia Pacific users, on average, are choosing to give up their privacy to gain better experiences. Respondents from India (79 percent), China (82 percent) and Indonesia (79 percent) are the most willing to share their data, with respondents from Japan (43 percent), Australia (50 percent) and Singapore (58 percent) being the least likely to trade data for more seamless experiences.
Over a quarter of users are unaware of breaches. 27 percent of respondents across the region indicated that they were not even aware of the breaches despite hacks that affected government bodies or high-use applications. In India, one in four of the respondents were not aware of such breaches.
Today’s users frequently choose frictionless experiences over security, but they still expect the organizations to safeguard their data. Only 4 percent of respondents stopped using an application as a result of a breach, however, their trust in an organization’s abilities to protect their data is waning across the board – with social media companies witnessing the steepest drop in trust by 19-percentage points.
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