IT Professionals Share Devices with Household Members, An Increase For Security Risk
New research has revealed that nearly a quarter of IT security professionals share their work devices with members of their household.
The finding comes from the 2021 Global IT Security Survey published today by hardware-encrypted USB drive manufacturer Apricorn.
Researchers questioned more than 400 IT security practitioners across North America and Europe about their security practices and policies during remote working conditions over the past 12 months.
The majority of respondents (75%) said that they had put COVID-centric cybersecurity policies in place, such as two-factor authentication (48%) and encryption of sensitive data (41%). However, nearly 20% admitted that their work devices had been used by other members of their household.
Apricorn’s US Managing Director, Kurt Markley, says that misplaced trust is risky and that “…businesses must strengthen their security posture, consider security policies and processes related to how they handle data, and make policy adjustments inside organizations and within agreements with partners.”
He further added that In many cases, successful attacks target employees, so if they are unprepared or untrained, they are a risk. This is after the research also showed that nearly half of respondents (49%) had observed that individual employees in their organization did not consider themselves as targets that attackers could exploit to access company data.
According to him it is essential that companies train even their IT professionals to be extra careful with their devices and other company information especially that cyberattacks have been on the rise since the work from home set up came into place.