When employees do not properly back up files, choose to use the same password across multiple accounts, or send confidential materials to their personal accounts, their companies are left exposed and vulnerable not only to data loss, but to serious financial and legal implications as well,” Jonathan Levine, CTO at Intermedia, said in the press release.
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Some actions, especially those involving file storage, can leave data “unnecessarily vulnerable,” without a backup or recovery option. Intermedia recommended employee education and “sweeping changes to habits, policies, and procedures” to protect security networks and company data.
“Organizations need to recognize that getting employees to change their behavior won’t happen overnight,” Levine said. “Instead, companies need to offer solutions that protect confidential information with minimal impact on an employee’s daily workflow, such as automated backup and 2-factor password requirements. The most effective security measures are often ones that employees don’t even know are in place.”
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- Almost every office worker has taken an unsecure action that could put a company’s cybersecurity at risk, a new Intermedia report found.
- Common infractions include reusing login credentials, sending work documents to personal accounts, and storing files on a desktop.
- The findings suggest how humans can be a company’s biggest security vulnerability. Companies may need to reevaluate cybersecurity policies and how they are enforced to avoid worker-caused security issues.