The Worst Security Offenders? IT Pros

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-13-2015 Email

Contrary to expectations, a new study shows that tech-savvy employees are the most likely to create security risks. Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce, are among the culprits, according to the survey. Ninety-seven percent of employees have access to sensitive or confidential company information and 93 percent admit to engaging in at least one form of poor data security, according to the report, 2015 Insider Risk Report. "Of all job roles in this survey—HR, marketing, operations, finance, sales—it was the people in IT who reported the poorest security habits in their responses," the report revealed. The survey was commissioned by Intermedia and conducted by Precision Sample in early August via a 10-minute online survey taken by 2,031 respondents (1,022 in the United Kingdom and 1,009 in the United States). The online survey asked 34 questions and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.17 percent at a 95 percent confidence interval.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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