There is Lack Of Data Security In Workplaces: Dell
Nearly three in four employees (72 percent) are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, shows the results of Dell End-User Security Survey.
The study highlights that not only are many employees likely to share confidential information, but that they are doing so without proper data security protocols in place or in mind.
More than one in three employees say it’s common to take confidential corporate data with them when leaving a company.
The study states that today’s workforce is caught between two imperatives: be productive and efficient on the job and maintain the security of company data. To address data security issues, companies must focus on educating employees and enforcing policies and procedures that secure data wherever they go, without hindering productivity.
Survey results indicate that among the professionals that work with confidential information on a regular basis, there is a lack of understanding in the workplace regarding how confidential data should be shared and data security policies. This lack of clarity and confusion is not without merit; there are many circumstances under which it makes sense to share confidential information in order to push business initiatives forward.
Three in four employees say they would share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information under certain circumstances for a wide range of reasons including:
· Being directed to do so by management (43 percent)
· Sharing with a person authorized to receive it (37 percent)
· Determining that the risk to their company is very low and the potential benefit of sharing information is high (23 percent)
· Feeling it will help them do their job more effectively (22 percent)
· Feeling it will help the recipient do their job more effectively (13 percent)
· Four in five employees in financial services (81 percent) would share confidential information, and employees in education (75 percent), healthcare (68 percent) and federal government (68 percent) are also open to disclosing confidential or regulated data at alarmingly high rates.
“When security becomes a case-by-case judgement call being made by the individual employee, there is no consistency or efficacy,” said Brett Hansen, vice president of Endpoint Data Security and Management at Dell. “These findings suggest employees need to be better educated about data security best practices, and companies must put procedures in place that focus first and foremost on securing data while maintaining productivity.”
The survey finds that when employees handle confidential data, they often do so insecurely by accessing, sharing and storing the data in unsafe ways. Twenty-four percent of respondents indicated they do so to get their job done and 18 percent say they did not know they were doing something unsafe. Only 3 percent of respondents said they had malicious intentions when conducting unsafe behaviors.
“While every company has different security needs, this survey shows how important it is that all companies make an effort to better understand daily tasks and scenarios in which employees may share data in an unsafe way,” says Hansen.
Creating simple, clear policies that address these common scenarios in addition to deploying endpoint and data security solutions is vital in order to achieve that balance between protecting your data and empowering employees to be productive, noted the study.
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