Lethargy poses digital security risk: poll

Lethargy poses digital security risk: poll

Employees distracted at work could be a security risk, according to Centrify.

More than a third in the survey by Centrify, a data security firm, cited distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error and therefore a potential security risk, while 19 per cent claimed heavy workloads were to blame. Further down the list of complaints were excessive policies and compliance regulations as factors affecting data security.

Poor management is an issue for the cause of human error, while 8 per cent believe it is simply because people do not recognise data responsibilities at work.

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Over half of those interviewed (57 per cent) believe businesses will eventually trust technology enough to replace employees as a way of avoiding human error at work, although nearly three-quarters of respondents feel that it was the responsibility of the employee, rather than technology, to ensure that their company avoided a potential data breach.

Andy Heather, vice-president and managing director of Centrify Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "It's interesting that the majority of security professionals we surveyed are confident that businesses will trust technology enough to replace people so that fewer mistakes are made at work, yet on the other hand firmly put the responsibility for data security in the hands of employees rather than technology.

"It seems that we as employees are both responsible for making mistakes and for avoiding a data breach. It just shows how aware we need to be at work about what we do and how we behave when it comes to our work practices in general and our security practices in particular."

Martin Stanley, a paraplanner at Rowley Turton, said: "I would have thought it's human nature to believe things rather than disbelieve things. If someone sends you an email, unless you're a sceptical person your first reaction is to believe rather than disbelieve. I grant you that people who are overworked might be more inclined to click on something."