Research carried out by executive search and interim management company, Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), shows that staff are a significant risk to their employer’s cyber security.
The report highlighted that just over 50 per cent of us have experienced a cyber scam in the last twelve months. From receiving a fake email from Paypal, Apple or a bank (29 per cent) to being targeted by a Facebook scam (12 per cent) to clicking a link that put a virus on a PC (7 per cent), the majority of us can identify and understand the risk of opening something we don’t recognise.
Graham Oates, Chief Executive of Norrie Johnston Recruitment said, “there is no doubt that cyber security is a hot topic and businesses are fast waking up to the need to protect their cyber presence. But as our research shows, the biggest threat could be the one right under your nose – your employees.
There has also been a rise in cyber scammers personalising their attacks, with 17 per cent of respondents receiving scam emails that looked like they were sent by a friend and 16 per cent being telephoned by someone about a ‘problem’ with their PC.
However, despite being increasingly ‘scam savvy’ in our personal lives, the research also revealed that we’re not so security aware at work. With 23 per cent of respondents using the same password for different applications and 17 per cent writing down their passwords, 16 per cent working while connected to public wifi networks and 15 per cent accessing social media sites on their work PCs, bad habits and a lack of awareness about security mean that employees are inadvertently leaving companies’ cyber doors wide open to attack.
Graham added, “there appears to be a real disconnect between the way we behave at home and at work with many of our research respondents inadvertently taking real risks with their employer’s cyber security. There’s a clear need to educate staff about the importance of cyber security best practice and how even actions that we all take for granted, like checking our Facebook page at lunchtime, could provide cyber criminals with a way into a business. Cyber security is no longer the territory of the IT team, it’s the responsibility of everyone.”
To view and download the full report - Cyber Security: How real is the threat and how can you reduce your risk, visit www.NorrieJohnstonRecruitment.com