Security Slideshow: 10 Reasons You Can't Trust Employees

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-10-2011

They are Obsessed With Social Networking

As Cisco pointed out in its 2010 Annual Security Report recently, social networking scams will be used as parts of "broad plans, such as Trojan attacks" in 2011. Learn more here:http://tinyurl.com/4j7k8ug

They are Obsessed With Social Networking

They Download Unauthorized Apps

With the growing popularity of smartphones such as iPhone and Android-based devices, your employees are more likely than ever to download unauthorized third-party mobile apps. As Cisco said in its 2010 Annual Security Report, cybercriminals are expected to target people through third-party mobile apps in 2011. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/4j7k8ug

They Download Unauthorized Apps

They Don’t Listen

Employees don't necessarily take your security guidelines to heart. That sentiment was echoed in a report from Application Security, which found that 28 percent of enterprise data breaches are due to "management complacency or a lack of awareness." Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/4o4lecy

They Don’t Listen

They Do What They Want On the Web

You probably have some Web filters in place. Even so, the threat you face from employee Web activity is great. In fact, the Annual Network Forensics Survey found that 96 percent of IT professionals believe employee Web activity threatens the security of company data. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/5vr5j3z

They Do What They Want On the Web

They’re Uninformed

A study from Cisco revealed that 24% of employees around the world are unsure if use policies for computers, smartphones, or mobile phones are in place at their organization. How informed are your employees? Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/6btcdgl

They’re Uninformed

They Just Don’t Care

Sometimes, no matter how much educate employees about security, the reality is they just don't care. A study last year from Cisco revealed that 56 percent of employees don't always comply with IT policies even though they are fully aware of them. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/6btcdgl

They Just Don’t Care

They Don’t Understand What You Do

One third of IT decision-makers believe employees view them as people that are "there to protect them if something goes wrong," according to a Cisco survey. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/6jqwgho

They Don’t Understand What You Do

They’re Going Mobile

A study from Ernst & Young found that 53 percent of IT professionals believe increased workforce mobility makes it harder to inform employees of security initiatives. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/63sfj7u

They’re Going Mobile

Some Steal

According to the book "Essentials of Business Ethics," 75 percent of employees have stolen something from work in the course of their careers. There's a big difference, though, between walking off with a stapler and taking corporate data. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/679e34y

Some Steal

They’re Careless

Did you know that mobile workers are 5.4 times more likely to access dangerous content than those in the office? That's what a Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence report revealed. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/5slj3wx

They’re Careless