Work-obsessed employees put company data at risk

Unsecured devices put data at risk
Unsecured devices put data at risk

UK employees are becoming increasingly connected to their work outside of the office, but this dedication to their jobs increases the risk of unauthorised personnel accessing their data through unprotected devices.

According to research by OneLogin, a leader in cloud-based Identity & Access Management (IAM), although three-quarters have security software set up on their work devices (potentially due to organisation’s security policies), employees are making a habit of bypassing simple security procedures.

One quarter of employees checking their work apps first thing in the morning before work, with two-thirds (66%) checking their work apps while on public transport, 37% whilst in bed, 30% in the car and 18% on a night out.

One-in-ten would readily give colleagues access to their work device and a further one-in-ten would grant their partners access.

Around 35% would actually share their passwords for work-related technology (devices, apps and emails) with close friends and family.

“Whether we like it or not, the UK is becoming a nation of workaholics, quite literally carrying work around in our pockets, on public transport with us, on holiday, and even to the bathroom,” comments OneLogin VP of EMEA Per Stritich.

“Remote and desk-less employees are of course largely beneficial to organisations in terms of productivity and scaling down on costs. However, the correct measures need to be put in place to ensure remote workforces are accessing data securely and that it’s not placed in the hands of others. For example, single sign-on technologies and IAM solutions will ensure only the employee can access work data, no matter who else gets their hands on the device.”