August 2, 2018
According to a new Finn Partners ‘Cybersecurity at Work’ survey, corporations might be worried, but their employees aren’t. In fact, 93 percent of full-time office employees believe their company takes adequate cybersecurity measures to protect their personal and corporate data and 89 percent say they receive “cyber hygiene” training (operating system updates, checks for security patches and password changes) at least once a year, if not more.
Despite feeling prepared, it turns out that most employees have “less than ideal” security habits. The study found that nearly two in five workers admitted to clicking on a link or opening an attachment from a sender they did not recognize. This is perhaps the biggest security slipup employees can make because it can result in the installation of malware on their devices and the harvesting of sensitive corporate data.
Additionally, more than half of all employees are using personal devices for work, making them more vulnerable to hackers or malware, and over a third of respondents have already been the victim of a breach or hack.
That’s not to say these employees are careless; they just might be naive to the cyber threats. Ninety-four percent of survey respondents genuinely believe they help keep their company’s data secure and 79 percent would still take their company’s security seriously even if they grew unsatisfied with their job.
What can companies do beyond implementing the right tools? It's important to take the time to address cybersecurity concerns across your organization, share simple tips to help your employees protect themselves and encourage your team to take security more seriously. By doing so, you might just turn your biggest security liability into a corporate asset.
Interested in learning more about the ‘Cybersecurity at Work’ survey? Download our research report and infographic and share with us your thoughts.
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