Employee Habits Put Corporate Data at Risk

By Samuel Greengard
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    63% of employees surveyed have used personal email to send sensitive work documents, and 74% believe IT approves of this behavior.

If you attend a conference or read an article on security, you're likely to get the impression that the biggest threats facing the enterprise are cyber-attacks and hackers. However, a new survey conducted by digital security firm Globalscape points the finger squarely at employees. In fact, the report reveals that nearly two-thirds of all breaches can be attributed to negligence, human error and/or system glitches. Although CIOs and CSOs are taking aim at this problem, the challenges associated with locking down data are mounting, particularly as the use of BYOD (bring your own device), file sharing and personal cloud applications grows. The constant pressure on employees to get their work completed faster is causing some workers to take risky shortcuts, and, as a result,  the push of a button or click of a mouse can compromise highly sensitive data. When tech tools and their capabilities fall short of what knowledge workers require, they typically look for workarounds. However, many consumer-grade tools lack the level of protection necessary for the enterprise. "If enterprises have any hope of enforcing secure tools and policies, these solutions must be simple to use and easily integrate into [workers'] daily routines," advises James Bindseil, Globalscape CEO. Globalscape surveyed more than 530 professional employees in the United States for details about their file-sharing habits.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-03
Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
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