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10/27/2020
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Employees Aware of Emailed Threats Open Suspicious Messages

A survey of 1,000 employees finds 96% of employees are aware of digital threats, but 45% click emails they consider to be suspicious.

Security awareness training doesn't always lead to improved behavior, as indicated in a survey of more than 1,000 employees around the world. The data raises concerns because most people have increased the use of company-issued devices for personal matters, Mimecast researchers report.

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The survey found 73% of respondents "extensively use" corporate devices for personal tasks such as personal email (47%), financial transactions (38%), and online shopping (35%). Sixty percent admit to doing this more often since starting to work remotely. 

Nearly all (96% of) employees surveyed claim to be aware that malicious links in their email, social media feeds, and websites they browse could potentially infect their devices. Nearly two-thirds (64%) report receiving cybersecurity awareness training specifically related to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite this, nearly half (45%) admit to opening emails they consider to be suspicious, and the same percentage admit they don't report suspicious emails to their IT or security teams. In the United States, 78% claim they've had special awareness training but 60% still open potentially suspicious emails, researchers found. 

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Structuring phish reporting
This is why we, as security professionals, need to make sure that reporting is encouraged and we do not have punitive measures in place. We need to be the coaches, advisors, and leaders here and being the rest with us!
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