Cyber Security Fail: 1 in 2 Workers Admit to Using the Same Password for Everything at Work
Businesses are at risk of data breaches and hacking due to a ‘laissez-faire’ attitude towards digital security, a survey has revealed.
The survey of over 1,000 businesses, commissioned by Probrand, revealed some shocking statistics regarding workers’ use of weak and easily-guessable passwords in the workplace.
- 1 in 2 (46%) admitted they have the same password for everything at work.
- 1 in 4 admit they use an easily researched piece of information as the basis of their password.
- 1 in 3 used their date of birth, or the date of birth of a loved one.
- 1 in 5 used their spouses’ names.
- 1 in 5 used their childs’ names.
The survey found that British companies are putting the safety of their data, and the data of their clients, under serious threat. By failing to carry out basic data protection practices, hackers and external parties are increasingly able to guess workers’ passwords by doing basic research.
With the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) less than a year away, it is crucial that businesses act now to secure their data and ensure that best practices are being followed.
For example, the report revealed that Just 1 in 4 workers say their company changes passwords for key digital accounts and services when a member of staff leaves employment – meaning that many businesses could be at risk of former employees continuing to access confidential company information.
Matt Royle, Marketing Director, Probrand, said: “It’s quite alarming how lax attitudes seem to be towards online security within many UK businesses – even when big companies suffering large scale security breaches are making headlines on a regular basis. The reputation and financial damage simply isn’t worth the risk. Cyber breaches are now considered a business disaster and the disruption caused can put companies out of business.
“It is vital that businesses protect their information, get policies and processes in place to protect their data as well as undertake business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) planning and testing.
“The humble password is still a major exposure point for many. Simple policies can force password resets and more complex password make-up that includes upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. Password vaults also protect and restrict sharing.
“For additional security, modern approaches to access now include Two Factor Authentication, where a second randomised passcode is sent to the user via a smartphone for unique input.”
Is your business doing enough to protect against data breaches and hacking? With cyber crime on the rise, it’s essential to carry out regular security updates and security risk assessments on your website. The government’s official National Cyber Security Centre website includes plenty of resources and guidance to help you keep your business (and data) safe and secure.
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