1Employees Continue to Engage in Risky Online Behaviors, Study Finds
Every organization has employees, and those employees potentially could be a significant source of security risk. A new Dell-sponsored study of 2,608 IT professionals from around the world conducted by Dimensional Research provides insights into some of the unsafe activities in which users engage. For instance, 72 percent admitted they would share confidential, regulated company information in certain circumstances. Globally, 45 percent of respondents admitted to engaging in unsafe online behavior while at work. Ironically, although users are engaging in risky behaviors at a high rate, 65 percent of respondents said they feel it is their responsibility to protect confidential data. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Dell End-User Security Survey.
2Employees Admit to Unsafe Behavior
Across all types of organizations surveyed by Dell, 45 percent of respondents admitted to engaging in unsafe online behavior while at work. The single biggest unsafe behavior is using personal email accounts for confidential work, with 68 percent of users in small to midsize organizations admitting to doing so.
3Employees Take Corporate Information When Leaving
4Employees Willing to Share Confidential Information
5Social Media Accounts on Business Devices
6Employees Want to Protect Data
7Productivity Over Security
8Education Isn’t the Only Answer
Even though employees around the world admitted throughout the study to engaging in unsafe online behaviors, 63 percent said they were required to complete cyber-security training. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of those who had received the cyber-security training admitted to engaging unsafe behaviors just so they could get their job done.