A survey of UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider, Probrand.co.uk, has revealed that investing in new and expensive technology, whilst not considering the most basic of security steps, is potentially widening companies’ vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks, which cost UK businesses millions annually.
43% of the surveyed workers, who all use IT systems in their workplace, said their company has invested in new cyber security products and services during the past year – but the data shows employees themselves are risking this being undermined through sloppy security practices.
Worryingly, 67% said they have a basic password (such as a single word or simple consecutive numbers) at work. Meaning they could easily be guessed or hacked. A further 63% admit that they do not change their password regularly. And in fact, almost one in two (46%) say they have never changed their password since they began working at their company.
The data also revealed that more than one on three UK workers report to having used unsecure network connections (e.g. using public Wi-Fi or tethering to mobile phones) when working remotely.