Workers say they are more concerned with protecting their personal accounts than work information… A recent survey has indicated employees have a far more laidback attitude to issues like password protection and internet security in the workplace compared with the more stringent way they protect information relating to their own personal lives.
A total of 2,000 people were surveyed by Ping Identity in an attempt to discover workers’ attitudes to IT security in their working environment. Almost half (48%) of those interviewed admitted they would provide password details to their work IT system for as little as £5 while some of those interviewed said they would release that sensitive information for as little as £1. Only 30% of those interviewed in the survey said they would not divulge private passwords for any price. Other security failings revealed by the survey included the 60% of respondents who said they wrote their work passwords down which is not recommended as a secure method of data protection. A third of participants in the survey also said they would frequently share passwords with work colleagues which again is a breach of IT security.
However there was a contrast in attitudes when the survey quizzed people about their private password information with regard to their own personal lives like their personal email account or social media account log-in details. A massive 80% of those questioned said they would refuse to share these details like Facebook passwords with work colleagues and in order to persuade them to sell these private password details a much larger sum of £50 or more would be required to complete the deal.
John Fontana, a spokesman for Ping Identity spoke about the findings of the survey:
“The fact that personal identity is being rated higher than corporate identity has worrying implications for the safety of a business’ intellectual property and brand reputation.”
“However, this research shows we are more comfortable and protective of our social networking passwords than anything else.”
He also recommended the implementation of a social media policy so employees know where they stand with regard to the use of social media in the workplace and said they should be permitted to access information through existing online accounts rather than “creating yet another unmemorable password that we place little value on.”