Remote employees are increasingly putting themselves at risk corporate data and systems, as they do not follow the safety of best practices, according to new research Mimecast. The email security provider conducted a survey of more than 1.000 employees worldwide using corporate Appliances, to write his latest report, entitled "Company-issued computers: What are employees really doing with them?".
The results of the survey are discouraging, as they reflect the refusal of employees to follow the proposed safety practices. Particularly, 73% of respondents frequently use a device provided by the company for personal matters, such as email control (47%), financial transactions (38%) and online markets (35%). The survey also showed that, although most (96%) respondents said they were aware of the effects of clicking on malware Phishing links, about half (45%) open emails that they consider suspicious.
This is despite the fact that 64% claimed to have received a special education on its field cyber security, so as not to be exposed to potential hazards during remote work. In addition, half (45%) admitted that they did not report such emails to their company's IT teams.
Michael Madon, senior vice president of awareness education and threat intelligence at Mimecast, has argued that corporate behavior change efforts are failing.
The research findings coincide with those published by Trend Micro in a report earlier this year, which found that 39% of remote workers have access to corporate data through personal devices and 36% of these devices do not even have the basics protection with password. The report also noted that half (52%) of remote workers have devices and production connected to their home network, which could expose them to additional security risks.