Businesses At Risk From Employees’ Unsecure Passwords

Research has revealed that a shocking 1 in 2 workers use the same password for everything at work.

Worryingly, 1 in 10 also admitted to not having a password protecting the computer or laptop they use for work.

The survey of more than 1,000 workers was carried out by IT support firm Probrand. The findings seem to point towards an alarming ‘laissez-faire’ attitude towards digital security.

Key findings:

  • 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.

Cyber crime in England is rife. In fact, fraud and cyber crime are the country’s most common offences with five and half million cyber offences believed to take place each year.

Businesses are being urged to better prepare themselves for the risk from hackers and cyber criminals. The National Cyber Security Centre has a huge library of cyber security educational documents and resources for businesses.

Whether you’re a small start-up or an established business with 30 years of trade behind you, it’s essential that you prepare for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to apply in the UK from 25 May 2018.

GDPR will outline a series of requirements for how businesses process and handle data. It will replace the 1995 data protection directive and is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe.

Are your staff familiar with good cyber hygiene? If not, it might be time to rethink your security training and incorporate a security element.

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.”

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