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Bored and distracted employees are biggest data security risk

Andy Heather
Cryptocurrency

Employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a snapshot poll* conducted by Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, at Europe’s leading infosecurity event, Infosec Europe in London this week.

While more than a third (35 percent) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19 percent), excessive policies and compliance regulations (5 percent), social media (5 percent) and password sharing (4 percent). Poor management is also highlighted by 11 percentof security professionals, while 8 percent believe human error is caused by not recognising our data security responsibilities at work.

According to the survey, which examines how human error might lead to data security risks within organisations, over half (57 percent) believe businesses will eventually trust technology enough to replace employees as a way of avoiding human error in the workplace.

Despite the potential risks of human error at work, however, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents feel that it is the responsibility of the employee, rather than technology, to ensure that their company avoids a potential data breach.

“It’s interesting that the majority of security professionals we surveyed are confident that businesses will trust technology enough to replace people so that fewer mistakes are made at work, yet on the other hand firmly put the responsibility for data security in the hands of employees rather than technology,” comments Andy Heather, VP and Managing Director, Centrify EMEA.

“It seems that we as employees are both responsible and responsible – so responsible for making mistakes and responsible for avoiding a potential data breach. It shows just how aware we need to be at work about what we do and how we behave when it comes to our work practices in general and our security practices in particular.”

With millennials set to make up over half of the workforce in the next three years, it’s hardly surprising that businesses are investing heavily in understanding and nurturing this generation. But now we’re entering the era of Generation Z (those born between the mid 90s and early 2000s), and unlike millennials, they still remain relatively unknown.

In fact, with very few of them actually in the workplace, our understanding of their expectations of jobs and employers is limited at best. Would you be interested in an opinion article from Nick Stone, co-founder and COO of FIXR, an online events platform and marketplace for university students, on what businesses need to know when looking to attract the best of Generation Z?

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