33% of remote workers picked up bad cybersecurity habits

The report shows that 51% of 16-24 year olds and almost 46% of 25-34 year reported security workarounds, while 39% said their cybersecurity behavior from home differed from those at the office

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San Francisco: The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that is devastating the world, has also led to a large number of employees working remotely – usually from their homes. While this may have kept the ball rolling to a certain degree, it has created its own problems.

A new report published human layer security company Tessian shows that most 56% of IT leaders believe their employees have imbibed bad cybersecurity behaviors after starting to work from home. The study highlights how security behaviors have changed during the last year, the challenges faced by organizations as they transition to a hybrid work model, and why security priorities need a shift in focus.

The report shows that 51% of 16-24 year olds and almost 46% of 25-34 year reported security workarounds, while 39% said their cybersecurity behavior from home differed from those at the office, half of them saying they feared surveillance by IT department. with half admitting it’s because they feel they were being watched by IT departments. IT leaders are optimistic about the return to office, though, with 70% believing staff will more likely follow company security policies around data protection and privacy. However, only 57% of employees think the same.

Further, over 25% employees said they made cybersecurity mistakes that affected company security while working from home, 27% say they failed to report mistakes out of fear of disciplinary action and only 50% said they reported phishing emails.

Over 54% IT leaders are concerned staff will bring infected devices to office; 69% are convinced ransomware attacks will increase in the workplace and 67 foresee increase in phishing emails. Over 60% of employers felt that as lock-down restrictions are relaxed, business travel will pose greater cybersecurity challenges and risks for companies.

Return to business travel too poses grave risks, including an increase in phishing attacks whereby cyber-criminals impersonate hotels, airlines and booking operators, while there is also the risk that employees may leave devices on public transport.

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