Employers should ensure teams know how to work safely
TRUMBULL,CT — June 17, 2021 — New hybrid working arrangements are placing firms at greater risk of cyberattack. Employers must be confident that staff understand how to stay safe while working from different locations, according to Questionmark, the online assessment provider.
US Cybercrime complaints increased 69% between 2019 and 2020. As employers move to adopt more formal hybrid working arrangements, which see employees splitting their time between the office and home, the risks could become even greater. However, by checking the cybersecurity knowledge of workers with staff assessments, employers can be confident that staff know what is expected of them.
Some 85% of breaches involve a human element. Employers fear that hybrid working could lead to bad habits such as:
- Employees leaving their work laptop in the office and logging on from personal devices from home.
- Team members working from coffee shops or libraries, with vulnerable networks, during their working from home days. This was less of an issue at the height of the pandemic when such facilities were closed.
- Junior team members learning bad habits from senior co-workers such as emailing documents to a personal email address to “pick up at home.”
John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “Technical teams are leading the fight against cyberattacks by making data and systems more secure. But the behavior of workers is every bit as important to an organization’s security.
“By testing the cybersecurity knowledge of their workers, employers can ensure that team members understand what is expected of them, wherever they are working. The results will identify areas of vulnerability.”
The Questionmark Cybersecurity for Home-Based Workers assessment is a ready-made test that enables employers to measure the level of cybersecurity awareness across the workforce.
The new Questionmark Critical Cyber Diagnostic Test by CyberVista assesses worker skills across seven core areas and verifies their proficiency in cyber defense. It is aimed at cybersecurity specialists and other workers who manage sensitive data and systems as part of their job role.
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