The Worst Security Offenders? IT Pros

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-13-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The Worst Security Offenders? IT Pros

    Seriously, techies? IT professionals’ security habits pose the greatest risk at work, according to a recent survey.
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    IT Professionals Compared to Others
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    IT Professionals Compared to Others

    65% of IT professionals share Web logins with many users, compared to 46% of employees across all functions.
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    Personal Password Use
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    Personal Password Use

    52% of IT professionals use their personal passwords for business apps compared to 40% of other employees.
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    Sharing Logins and Passwords
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    Sharing Logins and Passwords

    32% of IT professionals have given their login/password to another employee, compared to 19% of other employees.
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    Installing Apps Without Consulting IT
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    Installing Apps Without Consulting IT

    Asked whether it's OK to install applications on their computer without consulting the IT department, 59% of IT professionals said yes, compared to 73% of all respondents.
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    Attitudes Towards Confidential Information
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    Attitudes Towards Confidential Information

    56% of IT professionals said they would copy confidential company information when leaving their current job—about twice the rate of general business professionals.
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    Accessing Systems After Leaving a Job
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    Accessing Systems After Leaving a Job

    28% of IT pros said they have accessed systems belonging to previous employers after they left their job, compared to 13% of all respondents.
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    Millennials Install Apps Without Permission
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    Millennials Install Apps Without Permission

    41% of Millennials think it's fine to install applications on their work computer without consulting the IT department.
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    Millennials and Personal Passwords for Business
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    Millennials and Personal Passwords for Business

    50% of Millennials use personal passwords for business applications, compared to 38% for Gen Xers and 32% of Baby Boomers.
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    Tenured Employees
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    Tenured Employees

    If tenured employees leave their current job, they are nine times more likely to access their company's information after they leave.
 

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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