According to CyberArk, poor cybersecurity practices could lead organizations to reconsider allowing remote work long-term.
A number of studies have shown that remote work benefits both employers and employees. A recent survey conducted by CyberArk found that most employees feel more productive working from home and hope to continue doing so even after the pandemic.
However, the survey also found that many respondents exhibit poor cybersecurity behaviors when working from home. Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents said they violate corporate security policies in order to be more productive, such as by sending work documents to their personal email, sharing passwords, or installing third-party applications.
In addition, 69 percent of employees surveyed said they use corporate devices for personal use and 57 percent allow other members of the household to use their corporate devices for schoolwork, gaming, shopping, and other activities. There was a 185 percent increase in the percentage of employees letting family members use their work devices since June 2020.
Eighty-two percent of respondents said they reuse passwords, which is a 12 percent increase since spring 2020.
It seems that more education is not changing these behaviors. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they received cybersecurity training specific to remote work.
A survey conducted by Promon earlier in 2020 also found that 61 percent of employee respondents were using personal devices for work. "Poor Security Hygiene Raises Doubts on the Future of Remote Work" cxotoday.com (Dec. 22, 2020).