A new survey reveals that 71% of IT leaders would refuse or leave their job if remote or hybrid working was not offered to them by their employers.

The survey, from Auxilion and Aruba, found that some 42% of IT bosses think the most likely workstyle for their organisation in the future will be mainly remote working with half days in the office.

But just 39% of survey participants feel their organisation is well equipped for long-term hybrid working and 52% rate their company as being only somewhat equipped for same.

The research also revealed that 45% of IT leaders are not confident in their organisation's ability to manage and secure remote staff's home environments.

52% said their company does not have a centralised system which provides full visibility of all devices being used by employees to access the company network.

Meanwhile, 49% of respondents disclosed that they do not think their organisation has adequate security and data loss prevention measures in place.

The biggest security concerns for the hybrid model including companies having the same security posture remotely (61%), ransomware/malware (60%), untrusted/shared networks (38%), data loss prevention (35%) and weak passwords (26%).

Respondents also said that one of the biggest challenges for businesses when employees return to a hybrid workplace is having adequate IT security measures for devices across locations.

The top challenge cited by IT leaders was ensuring that staff have the same user experience, the survey also showed.

Philip Maguire, CEO of Auxilion, said there is a clear disconnect between what the future workplace looks like and the security strategies that Irish companies currently have in place.

"Hybrid is happening, but businesses are not fully prepared and are potentially leaving their company and people open to attack," Mr Maguire said.

"As well as adequate protection to safeguard systems and staff working across multiple locations, organisations need to invest to ensure that the user experience remains streamlined and optimised - regardless of where teams are. Only then can they effectively secure company networks, enable people to be productive and support business growth in the hybrid working world," he added.

Ray O'Connor, Aruba Ireland Country Manager, said it is absolutely crucial that every employee feels engaged and has the same workplace experience, whether they are in the office or not.

"Equally so, each company must ensure that these connections and its network are properly managed and secured. Failing to do so could be costly from both a people and business perspective," he added.