Businesses urged to educate staff on security procedures
Businesses are being urged to upskill and educate staff in cyber security procedures after research has revealed the cyber security risks posed to businesses.
This is after an online survey of more than 1,000 workers commissioned by training company QA and run by YouGov revealed that nearly one in five (18 per cent) workers surveyed online do not have passwords or pins on all of their work devices. For those that said they did use passwords or pins 21 per cent said they had written them down so they didn't forget them and 23 per cent had also shared their password with another person (such as a family member or friend, another colleague or their manager).
In light of recent government announcements concerning cyber security policy and funding, the QA survey looked to 'take the pulse' of the existing security practices of online workers to determine the risks which UK businesses face.
Bill Walker, technical director at QA said that when it comes to online security, we are our own worst enemies.
"Despite having secure password protocol drilled into us - it must be over 10 characters, have upper case and lower case letters, contain numbers or special characters and be the most secure line of code possible - 21 per cent of respondents said they had written it down and 23 per cent said they had shared it with another person (such as a family member or friend, another colleague or their manager)," he said.
"This could provide an easy opportunity for anyone looking to gain access to the corporate network. In many cases, the hacker would simply need to ask to be told the password (perhaps posing as a member of the IT support team) or for the 21 per cent who have written it down, hacking into a corporate system could potentially be as easy as walking past someone's desk and reading the password off of a post-it note!"