Businesses that search high and low to spot cyberattacks from sophisticated hackers may want to devote more time to employee education to stop potential breaches from occurring. A new CloudEntr survey discovered workers are companies' biggest concern regarding security threats, CNBC reported.
Nearly 80 percent of organizations cited the workforce as the weakest link in their security. For financial services firms, 81 percent answered similarly. What is perhaps most surprising is the fact that 64 percent of participants have no plans to change their security infrastructure strategies in 2015; however, 89 percent expect to devote more resources toward employee education, the news provider reported.
"The employee factor is huge," said Tom Smith, senior vice president at CloudEntr, as quoted by the news source. "For most companies it's the single biggest exposure point."
Smith indicated businesses are not so worried about malicious behavior from employees, but more so poor habits, especially regarding passwords. Some workers reuse the same credentials or write these phrases on paper and carry this content with them.
Workers need guidance
A survey conducted by Security Monitor earlier in 2014 discovered 56 percent of employees received no security or policy training from their employers. One-third of respondents use the same passwords for both personal devices and work gadgets. Nearly 60 percent admitted to storing data in cloud environments, Security Week reported.
Companies must also contend with personnel using mobile devices inappropriately. Security Monitor found 58 percent of workers store sensitive data on mobile gadgets, while 30 percent said they have left these products unattended at times. Security Week reported the study found 35 percent of staff members have clicked on email links sent from unknown senders.
"The research results clearly show many security awareness and policy training programs lack the delivery, content and quality that could increase retention thereby improving security decision made by personnel and reducing risk in their organization," the study's author David Monahan explained, as quoted by Security Week.
Leave it to the experts
Keeping the entire organization protected from threats is not an easy feat. But it can be made easier with the right team of experienced network support professionals. Managed IT services providers such as Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, help clients safeguard their networks to ensure sensitive data remains protected.
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