Dell survey unveils unsafe data security practices by employees

Recently, Dell has released its End-User Security Survey on enterprise data security. The results unveil that many employees are willing to share sensitive information, and sometimes even take it out of the workplace.

Of the 2,608 professionals surveyed, 72% of them said they are willing to share sensitive, regulated, or confidential information. Out of that 72%, 43% said they would be willing to do so if requested by management, 37% would be willing to share it with someone authorised to receive it, and 23% of them would share it if the risk to the company was low and the one they would be sharing it with would benefit from it highly.

Another 22% of them would do it if it allowed them to do their jobs more efficiently, and 13% would do it if it meant the recipients would be able to do their work more efficiently because of it.

Unlike what you may imagine, this is not because of their rebellious nature, but rather due to the challenges that arise from having to balance greater job efficiency against maintaining data security. In some cases, the employees are not informed enough.

To shed some light on the problem, 76% of employees said their employers want to enforce overly strict data security requirements, prioritising them over productivity.

Finally, 45% of respondents admitted to unsafe data security practices throughout the workday, including:

– Using Wi-Fi to access sensitive information (46%)

– Using personal email accounts for work (49%)

– Losing track of a company device (17%)

Luckily, only 3% of the respondents revealed they had a malicious intent.