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Report: Employees pose biggest IT cybersecurity threat to companies

Reckless employees are giving IT security experts fits with their reckless behavior.

Published Wed, Jan 14 2015 4:09 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

Even with cybercriminals using sophisticated attack methods to compromise companies, business leaders must deal with employees recklessly clicking links and installing unknown software, according to the "2015 State of the Endpoint" study.

Report: Employees pose biggest IT cybersecurity threat to companies | TweakTown.com

Seventy-eight percent of surveyed IT professionals believe careless employees are the biggest threat, 68 percent blame personal devices in the workplace, and 66 percent cite commercial cloud apps used at work.

"Respondents in this year's study have shifted their thinking and are now also attributing endpoint risk to human behavior in addition to particular device vulnerabilities," said Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing at Lumension. "This is a significant cultural shift to note because it illustrates how IT is starting to look at cybersecurity holistically. In addition to technology solutions, in 2015 IT must also take into account company policies and control processes, user awareness and overall employee education."

Using social engineering attacks, cybercriminals are able to circumvent security protocols and have employees click on fraudulent links, install malware, and turn over login credentials.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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