Employees' bad security habits put businesses in danger

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Employees have poor security practices and use completely unsecured private devices for work, putting their organizations at huge risk of cyber-attacks, a new report by WinMagic says. After polling workers in the UK, the report says more than four in ten (42 percent) use private devices for work, accessing corporate data and e-mail accounts.

More than half (52 percent) use private accounts, including enterprise file sharing services (EFSS), which they use to either store or access corporate files. Only a third (34 percent) say they had never done so. Laptops, smartphones and USB devices are the top three personal devices used for work, and Hotmail, Gmail and Dropbox are the top three online services used by employees.

None of this would be too much of a problem if these devices, and the way these services are used, weren't completely unsecured. Approximately half (52 percent) use some security software to protect themselves.

Mark Hickman, chief operating officer at WinMagic, comments: "IT departments need to consider carefully how they strike the balance between giving employees the flexibility they need, and ensuring the security of corporate data. Achieving that requires a combination of software and employee education, to help improve personal IT habits that are out of control of the workplace. This is one of many areas where encryption can play a key role, protecting data stored in the cloud and on remote devices, on personal as well as corporate accounts. Encryption remains the last line of defense, when an online account is breached or a device lost".

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