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Only a Quarter of Employees Bypass Security Policies: Webroot Research
Report finds top brass spend more time than their employees planning personal activities
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 20, 2011 — /BackupReview.info/ — According to new research from Webroot, the first Internet security service company, only about 25 percent of employees have tried to bypass company security policies while at work, while nearly all (95 percent) respect the importance of their employer’s measures for protecting their network and customer information.
“It is a pleasant surprise to learn that employees understand the need for increased security and abide by corporate policy,” said Jacques Erasmus, chief information security officer for Webroot. “That said, employees at all levels still introduce risk to a corporate network through activities like surfing the web, shopping online, planning personal events and accessing personal email accounts while at work. As we see more and more malware being spread through the browser, such as Zeus and SpyEye which infects users’ computers to track their keystrokes and steal their banking information, it is vitally important for companies to put in place suitable web security solutions and develop effective and secure web security policies to help protect their organisation.”
Surveying more than 2,500 employees in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, Webroot also found that executive or senior management staff performed non-work related activities during work at a higher rate than their subordinates. For example, 41 percent of executives reported planning personal events such as vacations, weddings or parties while on the clock, while just 35 percent of regular, full-time employees reported doing similar activities.
Employees feel security policies at work are very necessary:
UK employers were also seen to impose more security policies than employers from the United States or Australia:
Of those who skirt around corporate security policies, younger employees (those aged 18 to 29) reported a higher incidence of doing so:
Employees learn from their coworkers’ mistakes:
While all employees use company-owned devices to do non-work activities at work, executive and senior management seem to do more than other staff:
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