Half of all remote workers are risking cyber security

Published on: 28 May 2020

Results from a global survey of 2,000 office workers and 250 IT decision-makers in the UK and the US, shows that 52% of office workers feel they can get away with riskier behaviour when working from home, including behaviour such as sharing confidential files via email and using personal devices to conduct company business. 

It was revealed that the main reasons for not following safe practices included not working on their usual devices (50%), not being watched by IT (48%), and being distracted (47%).

Additionally, over half of office workers say they feel their company’s security policies impede their productivity. 

“The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a tidal wave of challenges for businesses. Whilst they adapted fast to the abrupt shift towards remote working, the challenge businesses now face is keeping data secure from risky employee behaviour as working from home becomes the norm,” said Tim Sadler, CEO of Tessian.

“Our research shows that people will cut corners on security best practices when working remotely and find workarounds if security policies disrupt their productivity in these new working conditions.

“But, all it takes is one misdirected email, incorrectly stored data file, or weak password, before a business faces a severe data breach that results in the wrath of regulations and financial turmoil.