IT Managers: Employees Consistently Flout Security Policies (Info Security)


Despite investment in cyber security, employees are still putting organisations at risk, according to new research from Databarracks.

A new study reveals that nearly two thirds (61%) of IT decision makers believe their employees regularly circumvent company security policies. Despite the fact that over half of those surveyed have invested in safeguards to protect their businesses against cyber threats in the past 12 months, careless employee behaviour could be leaving many organisations exposed to risks.

The findings are part of Databarracks’ sixth Data Health Check report, which surveyed over 350 IT decision makers in the U.K. When asked how often they thought their employees flout security polices (such as taking company data offsite, fabricating or omitting information on sign-in sheets and keeping written records of passwords) 61% estimated their workforce side-step such practices at least once a month, with around a third (28%) saying it’s daily or more.