10 Things Employees Can Do to Improve IT Security in 2016

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-02-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Things Employees Can Do to Improve IT Security in 2016

    The line between personal and business use of apps and devices continues to blur and will drive key trends IT must consider when building a security strategy.
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    2 - Employees Are Non-biased on Device Use
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    Employees Are Non-biased on Device Use

    Increasingly, the lines between work and personal devices are blurring. Sixty percent of employees do work activities from a personal device, and 55 percent do personal activities on work devices. Further, one-third of employees access work data from personal devices more than once a day. The bring-your-own-device movement is here to stay, and companies must figure out how to support it securely.
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    3 - They Rely on IT
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    They Rely on IT

    While employees admit to less-than-stellar password-related behavior, enterprise IT teams keep them on track. Seventy-six percent of employees say they're prompted to change their passwords every one to three months by IT, and 52 percent have changed their work passwords in the last month.
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    4 - They're Confident in IT
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    They're Confident in IT

    The majority of employees give IT passing marks. Eighty-two percent of employees say their company has good or excellent password and authorization measures in place. As software, device and technology use transforms due to rapid innovation in the space, IT must be able to keep employees educated about how to keep their identities secure.
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    5 - They're Confident in Their Own Security Chops
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    They're Confident in Their Own Security Chops

    Enterprises' education efforts around security best practices are paying off: 79 percent of employees say they understand which online activities expose their personal or corporate information.
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    6 - They Value Security
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    They Value Security

    Employee intentions are well intact: 58 percent of respondents believe protecting work-related information is very important, even more so than their personal emails and home addresses. With trust in IT as well as education and security awareness online, the outlook for 2016 security is bright.
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    7 - They Share Passwords
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    They Share Passwords

    More than three-quarters of employees believe it's risky to share passwords, but 37 percent are still likely to do so. In fact, 54 percent admit to sharing log-in credentials with family so they can access each other's computers, smartphones and tablets. Employees today use work and personal devices interchangeably; it's prudent for IT to assume their corporate network may extend farther than expected.
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    8 - They Reuse Passwords
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    They Reuse Passwords

    If your account has been breached and your log-in credentials are in the hands of malicious hackers, it's wise to assume those hackers will test those credentials (email, username, password) every day for the next 10 years. It's easy to see why password reuse is risky. Half of respondents admit they are likely to reuse passwords for work-related accounts and two-thirds are likely to reuse passwords for personal accounts.
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    9 - They Take More Care of Work Credentials
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    They Take More Care of Work Credentials

    When asked about work and personal credentials, employees admitted to being more careful when it comes to their work log-in credentials. Three-quarters of employees would not give up their work email log-in credentials for anything.
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    10 - Their Passwords Have a Price Tag
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    Their Passwords Have a Price Tag

    While 74 percent of employees wouldn't give up their work email credentials for anything, one in 10 would trade them for a paid mortgage or rent for one year. Further, 14 percent would give up their work email log-in credentials to pay off student loans.
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    11 - They Resist Accountability
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    They Resist Accountability

    Fifty-nine percent of employees believe IT is accountable in the event of a corporate data breach. C-level executives are the next to be held accountable at 17 percent, and only 11 percent believe they, as individuals, would be held accountable in the event of a breach.
 

In 2015, the borders between personal and professional use of apps and devices became less defined than ever. People constantly use whatever device they have at the time to do either personal or business tasks—that's the real world. In 2016, the line between how employees use data in and outside of work will continue to blur and will drive important trends that IT needs to consider when building a security strategy. To help CIOs better understand how their workforces are accessing and securing data—and where IT can help fill the gap—Ping Identity surveyed 1,000 employees at U.S. enterprises. The company's 2015 Online Identity Study revealed that most employees today are not connecting the dots between the security best practices they are taught and their behavior at work and home. While employees say online security is a priority, they struggle to consistently follow best practices and be accountable for their actions, the study revealed. The study results showed that in the event of a data breach, most employees say the blame falls on IT and not on their own risky behavior. Here's a look at key trends that the study suggests will shape the coming year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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