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Date posted: 24th July 2020

24th July 2020

Are your employees opening up your organization to potential cyber security risks?

Are your employees opening up your organization to potential cyber security risks?

Cybersecurity and threats of cybercrime have increasingly become a concern in the past few years. As most systems transition to the digital landscape, ensuring competent security practices amongst your employees is fundamental.

However, we are still far away from full protection, with almost half of employees being susceptible to cybersecurity mistakes.

From the Article:

43 per cent of employees have made mistakes resulting in cybersecurity repercussions for themselves or their company, according to a new global report from email security firm, Tessian. The Psychology of Human Error report surveyed 1,000 workers in the UK and 1,000 workers in the US at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in April, to reveal how stress, distraction and workplace disruption can cause people to make more mistakes at work.

Worryingly, the report found that one in five companies (20 per cent) have lost customers as a result of mistakenly sending an email to the wrong person – an error the majority of employees (58 per cent) admitted to doing. A further 10 per cent of workers said they had lost their job after sending an email to the wrong person.

In addition, one in four survey respondents (25 per cent) admitted to clicking on a link in a phishing email at work. Interestingly, workers in the tech industry were the most likely to click on links in phishing emails, with nearly half of respondents in this sector (47 per cent) admitting they had done so.

You can read the article in full online: Nearly half of employees admit to making mistakes that have had cybersecurity repercussions

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