39% of remote workers feel that IT Security is the responsibility of the IT department
A survey of remote workers in Ireland carried out by IT security training company SecureClick has found that 39% of respondents feel that IT Security is the responsibility of the IT department. While only 15% of respondents believe that responsibility should rest with the employee.
A dangerous assumption…
This can be a dangerous assumption as it is estimated that up to 70% to 90% of data breaches and cyber-attacks are the result of social engineering or human error. Technical controls such as firewalls, spam-filters and end-point security software do not offer complete protection. Some of the most potent cyber threats currently in circulation such as so-called zero-day threats and RATs (remote access trojans) can easily slip under the radar of these controls. The employee is often the best and last line of defence.
Remote working employees play a pivotal role in keeping organisations cyber secure.
With more and more attacks being targeted at remote working environments, now more than ever employees play a pivotal role in keeping organisations secure. This means good cyber hygiene and reporting any suspicious incidents as soon as possible.
The results of this survey delineate the importance of a) reminding employees on a consistent basis of the limitations of technical security controls and b) reminding them of the important role they play in keeping the organisation cyber-secure.
(sample size = 379, working in organisations of more than 5 people. Survey conducted on social media week beginning 1st March 2021. www.facebook.com/secureclicktraining)