Cyber Security is not a reality for many companies

Cyber security is a myth in many companies

Cyber securityWhen an internal information breach happens, the perception maybe it’s the fault of lower-level staff ; yet senior managers, who have access to sensitive, unencrypted information, are often more likely to accidentally share information outside the boundaries of a company’s firewall.

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Here are some interesting facts from a recent survey by Stroz Friedberg:

  • 87% of senior managers (versus 75% of all workers) upload sensitive data to personal email or cloud accounts
    • 37% say they do they do this because they prefer using their own PC
    • 14% say it is too much work to bring their work computer home
  • 73% of all office workers are concerned that a hacker could steal their personal or company sensitive information
    • 6% were not concerned at all
  • 61% think that their companies deserve a C grade or less for cyber security
  • 58% of senior managers (versus 25% of all workers) has accidentally send sensitive information to the wrong person
  • 51% of senior managers take files with them when they leave a company
  • 11% of workers who do not send work files through personal accounts are aware of company policies against doing so
  • 37% have had mobile device security training
  • 42% have received information sharing training
  • 54% of lower ranking employees think that cyber security is an IT problem versus the senior management team.
  • 45% of senior management think they are primarily responsible for protect their company form a cyber-attack

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.