Why Employees Safeguard Their Data, But Not Work Data

Two data security experts recently released a new survey of about 2000 IT workers, focusing on data security behaviors in the workplace.

The results found that employees tend to engage in data security behaviors more often at home than they do at work.

According to the survey, 45 percent of respondents said they secured their documents with passwords at home, and only 35 percent do the same at work. Similarly, 68 percent report shredding important documents at home before throwing out, while 40 percent shred documents at work.

Most business executives rank data security as a top priority. These results illustrate the significant role user behavior has in achieving that goal. Technology's improvements are part of the solution, but developing a corporate culture that promotes data security is important as well.

Another interesting survey result: older workers tend to follow security protocols better than younger workers do. Fifty-nine percent of respondents over age 55 said they only use company-approved software on their work devices. That number drops to 47 percent for the 25- to 34-year-old age group. Jamie Davies "Employees are biggest security inhibitor - survey," www.businesscloudnews.com (Mar. 18, 2016).

 As the above article notes, organizations cannot disregard user behavior when it comes to data security.

To promote data security, training of all employees is essential, including orienting employees on the costs of a data breach not only to the employer, but also to the employee as well.  

Employees must understand how a data breach will affect their circumstances with loss of production, additional work hours to resolve the issue, and the potential loss of their job if the breach is caused by failure to secure data properly. Some employers may be forced to close after a data breach involving theft of accounts. 

Via:  Hartford Help