Monday, May 8th, 2017

Keeping Sensitive Information Safe

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

The Dell End-User Security Survey polled 2,608 professionals who handle confidential data at companies with 250 or more employees. The survey found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information.

The most common reasons these employees shared information were:

  • 43 percent were directed by management to share information
  • 37 percent shared information with a person authorized to receive it
  • 23 percent felt there was a low risk, but high benefit of sharing information
  • 22 percent felt sharing information would help them do their job more effectively
  • 13 percent felt sharing information would help the recipient do their job more effectively

In addition to sharing information, the survey also revealed many employees admit to engaging in unsafe technology behaviors such as:

  • using personal e-mail accounts for confidential work
  • connecting to public WiFi when handling company information
  • losing a company-issued device
  • opening e-mails from unknown senders at work
  • using a personal email account when using public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud

The most surprising finding from the survey is how many education industry employees have the ability to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information if they so choose. Of the 2,608 professionals who said they were more likely to share data, 81 percent were in the financial services industry, which is to be expected, however a whopping 75 percent were from the education industry.

To address these issues, Dell suggests “companies must focus on educating employees, as well as enforcing policies and procedures,” and “create simple, clear policies and ensure they outline steps for handling common scenarios that employees face.” PublicSchoolWORKS couldn’t agree more!

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