Workers Routinely Dodge Security Policies

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-17-2015 Email

A new study finds significant security risk occurring in the enterprise, with one-fifth of employees violating their company's compliance and security policies simply to get their jobs done. According to DataMotion's third annual survey on corporate email and transfer habits, companies increasingly put security and client compliance policies in place–90% of respondents this year compared to 81% last year. Yet one-third of the respondents said employees don't fully understand those policies. 44% admit that their policies are only moderately enforced. Three-quarters of respondents said employees violate policies at least occasionally. The study polled 780 IT and business decision makers in the United States and Canada, focusing on those who routinely work with sensitive data and compliance regulations in health care, financial services, education, government and other industries. The study also addresses HIPAA compliance. Bob Janacek, CTO at DataMotion, said "The data show a gaping hole in security when it comes to mobile devices–with many companies permitting their use but not taking into account their lack of email encryption capabilities."

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


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