How Retailers Jeopardize Security With Temp Workers
Some retailers that do not fully understand security can put their business at risk by improperly vetting and training temporary—and permanent—employees.
Although respondents said they know what employees do when they access corporate systems and data assets, that is not so. 21% of permanent and 61% of temporary floor workers do not have unique log-in credentials for corporate systems.
When employees share accounts, retailers have no visibility as to what each individual does when he or she accesses corporate systems and data assets.
37% of respondents cannot identify which systems their temporary employees have accessed. 8% cannot say which systems permanent employees have accessed.
26% of respondents don’t know whether temporary employees have ever accessed and/or send data they should not have accessed or sent.
66% of respondents view permanent workers as somewhat risky.
Survey respondents acknowledge that temporary workers are somewhat risky (47%) and fewer view them as high risk (32%).
81% of retailers give themselves a rating of 6 or greater when it comes to identifying critical assets to protect, detecting theft or data leakage, and controlling employee access to critical assets.
Seven in 10 IT decision-makers believe their retail organizations proactively provide security awareness training to employees. But 80% do so only once or twice a year.
High turnover in retail industry: 5% change jobs monthly, translating into 60% annually. Holiday rush hiring results in minimal vetting. High turnover and rush to hire seasonal workers results in little employee education, especially regarding security.