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New data from Tessian reveals security pitfalls that IT leaders need to be aware of as lockdowns ease and employees go back to the office

San Francisco — June 15, 2021: A new report from human layer security company Tessian reveals that most IT leaders (56%) believe their employees have had poor cybersecurity behavior since working from home. As organizations plan for a post-pandemic hybrid workforce, Tessian’s Back to Work Security Behavior report shows how security behaviors have changed during the past year, as organizations transition to a hybrid work model. challenges as to why, and why a fundamental shift in security priorities is necessary.

Cyber ​​security at home cutting corners
According to the report, younger employees are most likely to admit that they cut cybersecurity corners, with more than half (51%) of 16–24 year olds and almost half (46%) 25–34 year olds reporting. Did that they used the security solution. ,

In addition, two in five (39%) say they practice cybersecurity behaviors while working from home, which differ from those practicing in the office, with half admitting it because they feel That they were being looked after by the IT departments. IT leaders are optimistic about a return to the office, however, with 70% believing employees are more likely to follow the company’s security policies around data protection and privacy. However, only 57% of employees think so.

Security pitfalls in a hybrid workforce
After addressing employee safety behavior while working remotely, IT leaders face a new set of challenges with security threats posed by a hybrid workforce, as lockdowns ease and the lines between personal and professional life ease. Blurred:

  • dodgy device: More than half of IT leaders (54%) are concerned that employees will bring infected devices and malware into the workplace. And their fears are established: 40% of employees say they plan to work from personal devices in the office.
  • Ransomware is on the rise: Most IT leaders (69%) believe ransomware attacks will be of greater concern in the hybrid workplace, with law firms and healthcare organizations particularly concerned about this threat.
  • age of phishing: More than two-thirds of IT decision makers (67%) predict an increase in targeted phishing emails in which cybercriminals take advantage of back-in-office transitions, adding to the rapidly increasing number of phishing attacks faced by organizations (The FBI found that the frequency of phishing attacks doubled last year).
  • Failure to report (or fear) cybersecurity mistakes: More than a quarter of employees admit they made cybersecurity mistakes — some of which compromised company security — while working from home they say no one would ever know about. More than a quarter (27%) say they failed to report cybersecurity mistakes because they feared facing disciplinary action or further required security training. In addition, only half of employees say they always report to IT when they receive or click on a phishing email.
  • return to business tripAs the lockdown restrictions are lifted, six out of 10 IT leaders feel that returning to business travel will create more cyber security challenges and risks for their company. These risks could include an increase in phishing attacks whereby threat actors take airlines, booking operators, hotels or even senior executives on business trips. There is also the risk that employees accidentally leave equipment on public transportation or expose company data in public places.

Since cyber security will be mission-critical in the new work environment, it is encouraging that 67% of IT decision makers surveyed report that they have a seat at the table when it comes to plans to reopen offices in their organizations. . Organizations and IT leaders that address risky human behavior and associated security threats will thrive in a mixed work model.

Tim Sadler, co-founder and CEO of Tession. “Employees are the gatekeepers of data and systems, but expecting them to be security experts and intimidating them into compliance won’t work. IT leaders need to prioritize building a security culture that helps people work safely and productively. and need to understand how to encourage long-lasting behavioral change overtime if they are to thrive in this new way of working.”

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about research
Tessian commissioned OnePoll to survey more than 4,000 professionals in the US and UK across various company sizes and industries, as well as 200 IT professionals, to identify trends in going back to work.

about tesian
Tessian’s mission is to protect the human layer by empowering people to do their best work, without safety in their way. Using machine learning technology, Tessian automatically predicts and eliminates advanced threats to email caused by human error — such as data exfiltration, accidental data loss, business email compromise and phishing attacks — with minimal disruption to employee workflows with. Founded in 2013, Tessian is backed by renowned investors such as Sequoia, Accel, March Capital and Balderton Capital, and has offices in San Francisco and London.

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