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Remote Workers Not Concerned About Security Threats

InsightExpress conducted a study on 1000 remote workers in ten countries for Cisco. In the study, market researchers found that many of the workers still use weak judgment in sticking to security policy, despite the warnings of dangers gliding on Web and wireless network.

66% of the surveyed users admitted that they are aware of security issues. Chinese, Australian and British users reported the highest level of security awareness. Indian and Japanese users have the lowest level of awareness.

More than 1 out of every 5 permits family members, friends or other non-employees to utilize her/his work machine to access the net. They justified this act by saying that there is nothing wrong in this, their firms don't mind, they don't think that use of company issued computers by others increase security risks, they don't think their firms care about it and their colleagues also do this.

Moreover, 1 of every 4 remote employees said that she/he opens the unknown mails while using work devices. In China, around half of the interviewed workers admitted that they open attachments and emails from unknown senders. This figure is 20% for India and 12% for Brazil.

Globally, 29% respondents admitted that they use their work machines for personal purposes also. 40% said that they use office computers for personal shopping and 46% admitted that they download personal files on office computers.

Program manager for InsightExpress, Erica DesRoches said that there are inconsistencies in people's words as what they say might be done in certain incidents only.

Remote workers offer an opportunity for the IT experts and security teams to act more actively in protecting the businesses. IT has the chance to reframe their role that was reactive and tactical earlier.

Related article: Remote Workers should Enhance Their Security Vigilance

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