Research Report: Recipe for a Breach – Uncontrolled Employee Access + Poor Security Habits

The research study finds that employees have more access than they should, and a large majority of them have poor security habits — even when they think they don’t. One startling finding was that 25 percent of employees have tried to access data at work that they weren’t supposed to, and of those 25 percent, close to 60 percent were successful at accessing that data.

This combination is dangerous to organizations because it leaves their business exposed and highlights a need to better address poor employee security habits, how to respond to them and how to get end users more engaged in the security process.

This survey interviewed 203 independent professionals and found:

  • Employees look for shortcuts and find more than they should
  • Employees have poor IT security habits and awareness
  • Employees are overconfident in their security habits