Cybersecurity and Risk Awareness — Spanning Report
2018 Cybersecurity and Risk Awareness Survey
Considering the near-constant instances of cyber attacks and an ever-increasing cyber risk landscape, cybersecurity has never been more important. Many organizations have already adopted proactive cybersecurity measures to combat external threats, such as designing incident response plans, implementing automated network monitoring software and establishing disaster recovery processes. These best practices are crucial, however too often organizations fail to also consider the security weaknesses internal factors (i.e. their employees) pose.
Malicious, internal threats can be the most difficult for organizations to detect and defend against, as they already have legitimate access to company data and systems. Even more challenging is the reality that non-malicious, well-intentioned employees can also cause significant harm. An employee who frequents an unsecure website from their work computer or opens a suspicious link from their work email, for instance, can serve as an easy entry point for cybercriminals seeking company network access.
To understand how prepared employees are for ongoing, sophisticated cyber threats and to help organizations better defend their most critical business assets from the inside out, Spanning commissioned a survey of over 400 U.S. workers across a range of industries, including education, government and healthcare, to determine awareness of and tendency towards risky online behavior.
The survey identified five key findings:
- It is not a personalized email with my name (36 percent)
- There is a “re” in the subject of the email, but I never sent a note in the first place (24 percent)
- The company’s logo colors do not ‘look right’ in the email (2.7 percent)
- Banking and finance
- Hospital and healthcare
- Information and technology
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