Cybersecurity at work: are the measures too restrictive?

In terms of corporate cybersecurity, employees are a major element in the defense chain. If only one of them lacks prudence, a company’s data can then be compromised and everyone can suffer.

A study carried out by HP Wolf Security and relayed by our colleagues de VentureBeat warns precisely on the lack of interest of employees in cybersecurity issues. HP commissioned YouGov and Toluna to conduct a global survey of 8 355 office workers and 1 100 IT decision makers. A major misunderstanding between these two professions emerges.

Teleworking is once again singled out

In detail, between 48 % and 64% of employees think that the security measures in place in their company represent a considerable waste of time. They also feel that these strategies are far too restrictive. Young workers, aged 02 to years, are not outdone and 54% of them say they are more concerned with meeting deadlines than exposing their company to a data breach.

Opposite , 69% of IT managers believe that the increase in teleworking creates some kind of time bomb for future hacking their company’s network. Their profession is qualified as ungrateful and 69% of respondents think they are “the bad guys” of the story responsible for imposing restrictions on other employees.

As our colleagues note, there are, however, fairly simple and not very restrictive measures such as multifactor authentication which could strengthen the security of companies, without as much as considerably hindering the work of the employees.

As a reminder, according to a report from the Kaspersky company which s he is interested in the major threats of the year 2020 in terms of cybersecurity, teleworking is an additional risk factor. It indeed offers new opportunities for cybercriminals as we explained to you last May .

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By: Bitdefender