13th January 2021 | Posted in Cyber Security
The survey of 2043 employees across the UK demonstrated a lack of awareness about how to stay secure whilst working remotely, which is putting businesses at risk of cyber-attacks. The shift to home working as a result of COVID-19 means that staff in many organizations are operating across insecure devices and networks, providing opportunities for cyber-criminals. The study also revealed that 71% of workers do not think about the implications a cybersecurity breach could have on their work and job security. When asked, 45% said they could lose their job if the security of their work device’s security was compromised.
VPNOverview calculated that home workers risk an average of £2100 in company hardware and unnamed sums in company data by not undertaking basic security practices. These include not having password protection for work devices (34%), leaving working devices in plain view of windows (32%), not using password-protected Wi-Fi while working from home (26%) and not operating on secured servers, databases, or cloud systems (24%).
The industries with the highest rates of cybersecurity errors were manufacturing and utilities (65%), construction and engineering (61%) and recruitment (57%). Additionally, 17% of all employees polled admitted to breaking confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) by discussing work matters with friends and family.
David Janssen, security researcher and founder, VPNOverview.com, commented:
“It’s worrying to see how many workers aren’t taking into consideration their security and cybersecurity, even after almost a year of working from home. With home working unlikely to end any time soon, and a lot of business committing to a hybrid working system when offices can reopen, ensuring these security systems are in place is vital for workers and businesses alike.”
Companies and their respective employees need to collaborate to ensure that they are demonstrating the necessary cybersecurity precautions to keep their devices protected from cyber-attacks and reduce the risk factor. This includes the use of high-strength passwords, secure servers and VPN networks.