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Over 90% of Office Workers Have Risky Online Habits

Oct. 23, 2015

Survey reveals employee practices that can compromise organizational security.

Around 93% of office workers take part in online habits at work that can jeopardize confidential data belonging to either their employer or customers, according to a new survey. The 2015 Insider Risk Report released by Intermedia, a cloud-based IT provider, surveyed the online security habits of over 2,000 U.S. and U.K. office workers. Findings showthat IT professionals were the most likely to engage in behaviors such as giving out login/password credentials to other employees or accessing systems belonging to previous employers after leaving the job.

Additionally, the survey found that millennial workers are more likely to cross professional boundaries with behaviors such as saving company files to personal cloud storage, installing apps without company approval, or other “Shadow IT” practices.

Employees that have been tenured for more than seven years were also identified as being an issue, with the survey’s authors noting that compared to newer employees, the more experienced ones tended to introduce greater overall security risks. The authors suggest that organizations offer easier-to-use IT tools that make it easy for employees to follow best practices.

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