Mobile Devices Complicate Security for Businesses
From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers continue to be careless users in the cloud, according to a Softchoice survey of 1,500 people across the United States and Canada.
On average, North American employees use two devices for work, and while desktops are still common, more nimble devices such as tablets and smartphones are stealing workday share.
Half of employees who use cloud-based apps for work have access to three or more IT-approved apps, but a significant number of employees are unaware of the risks of their careless technology habits.
"We did a similar study on employee habits around cloud and mobile devices two years ago. What surprised me about this study is that, while businesses have grown more sophisticated in their use of cloud over the past two years, employees’ bad technology habits haven’t changed at all," Sara Onyschuk, director of client and cloud solutions at Softchoice, told eWEEK. "They haven’t gotten worse, but they also haven’t gotten any better."
According to a Softchoice study on user behavior, 20 percent of North American workers are still displaying their passwords in plain sight.
She said employees are still exhibiting the same kinds of dangerous behavior around shadow IT and password protection despite—one would hope—having a more intimate knowledge of cloud and the risks involved.