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Europeans Lacking In Their Approach to IT Security

NCP Engineering : 11 February, 2011  (Technical Article)
NCP Engineering reveals results of research carried out into attitudes towards IT security with Europeans seen as having a lax approach, according to NCP Engineering
New research findings have shone light on Europeans and their lax approach to IT security when working out of the office remotely. Despite soaring IT security threats and the high profile of its damaging impact on organisations, 52% of Europeans admitted that they would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely.



The survey was conducted by remote access specialist, NCP engineering, which surveyed 300 information-based workers across the UK, France and Germany.



Simon Ford, director at NCP said: “It is very disheartening to see that more than 50% of respondents would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely. Worse still, 47% of UK respondents who said they would access the network insecurely work with company data while working remotely. Whilst 53% of UK respondents who answered that they would access the network insecurely work with personal data.



“This is extremely worrying. Data security including how data is stored and accessed has become a major concern for the UK over the last few years, with cases where vital company data has been lost or leaked due to employees accessing data via an insecure network.



“82% of information-based workers in the UK answered ‘Yes’ to knowing the potential IT security risks when online, with 90% answering that working securely whilst remotely is important. However, the results contradict this and would suggest that when there is pressure to access information, people are happy to bypass these morals.



“There is clearly some work to be done and it appears that organisations are not taking IT security seriously. 28% said that they would advise their employer to implement a secure network but would still access the network insecurely if they needed to.



“Organisations need to be equipping their employees with a holistic Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution and an authentication tool to ensure secure operations when dealing with company and personal information both in and out of the office. This way, organisations can maintain high productivity levels for mobile workers as well as comply with specific regulatory requirements. Furthermore, a fully automatic remote access solution can be installed at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership (TCO), so with this in mind, organisations need to start taking IT security seriously or risk their reputation, which has taken years to build, being destroyed in moments,” Simon concluded.



Key findings:



    * 52% of Europeans would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely

    * 47% of UK respondents who would access the network insecurely work with company data while working remotely

    * 53% of UK respondents who would access the network securely work with personal data while working remotely

    * 82% of information-based workers in the UK answered ‘Yes’ to knowing the potential IT security risks when online

    * 90% feel that working securely whilst remotely is important

    * 28% would advise their employer to implement a secure network but would still access the network insecurely if needed
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