Recipe for a Breach – Employee edition

Cyber AwarenessA new study by security firm Preempt.com has found some startling security habits that could cause IT security breach’s to occur.

The following is a list of things employees are most likely doing at your company that are compromising your security practices:

  • 1 out of 3 employees found security work arounds in order to get their work done faster.
  • 25% of employees tried to access work that they weren’t supposed to access.
  • 60% of those same employees were successful in accessing that data.
  • 41% of employees used the same username and passwords at work that they do at home
  • 8 out of 10 employees aren’t sure if their username and passwords were compromised during security breaches online.
  • Of the 20% of employees that are aware if there credentials were stolen only 6 out of 10 employees would update their password, and only on the account that was breached ie linkedin.com – they would however keep using the same password everywhere else.
  • 1 in 4 employees admitted to sharing credentials with other employees in the workplace to access resources.
  • Employees are overconfident in their IT security behavior with over 40% of them placing themselves in the top 25% of all employees in their company in terms of their awareness to cyber threats.

Original study here

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