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3/25/2019
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IT Leaders, Employees Divided on Data Security

Execs and employees have dramatically different ideas of how much information is being lost and why - a gap that puts enterprise data in grave danger.

Management and employees have dramatically different views of how risky employee behavior can be. According to the results of a new security survey released today, that gap puts enterprise data in grave danger.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters and sponsored by Egress, includes the views of more than 250 IT leaders and more than 2,000 employees from the US and UK. It found more than three-quarters of the executives believe employees have accidentally put company data at risk in the past year. When employees answered the same question, 92% said they had not done anything to put data at risk.

When it comes to intentional breaches, the division is no less stark. Sixty-one percent of IT leaders said employees have maliciously put company data at risk, while 91% of employees said they've done no such thing. This kind of divide – in which employees are unaware of, or unwilling to admit their roles in, data loss – poses a particular challenge to IT leaders trying to educated their employees about good security practices.

There is more information within the data. For example, more than half (55%) of employees who admitted breaking company rules to share data said their organizations don't provide the tools required to securely share sensitive information. In addition, 29% of employees said they believe they have some form of ownership over data they have worked on as part of their jobs. This echoes another finding, that 20% of those who intentionally shared data did so because they felt that the information was theirs to share.

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4/30/2019 | 11:05:38 PM
Re: Brief them properly
Definitely provides further context to the study. I still think its important to cite that different folks see things through different lenses. These differences help provide a more concrete basis to the study and in turn validate it.
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4/30/2019 | 2:24:53 AM
Brief them properly
It is expected of employees to give their answers as such because they are not security experts. They have not been properly briefed regarding what are the risks involved during their daily work habits. They answered as such because they do not know any better.
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3/26/2019 | 9:53:45 AM
Risk Ownership
I think two facets come into play here. Ultimately, as data owners executives of said data are more heavily responsible for securing data at the company even though the data custodians (employees) directly touch said data. Due to this they way the risks more heavily and are more inclined to support data that creates a narrative that more needs to be done to secure the data. Employees on the other hand, and I believe the term is used to be department agnostic not security centric, support a business function. Many will not stop to think of the ramifications of what they are doing until they are told by a security function that it is not best practice. Due to this ignorance it is more than likely that those individuals surveyed would be inclined to think that they are not jeopardizing company data.
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3/25/2019 | 2:38:22 PM
Han Solo and Srgt. Schultz
Solp: It's not my fault.  Schultz:  I know nothing.  Of course employees are blameless, as there is that line called UNEMPLOYMENT and so they have done nothing wrong and if they did, well, it is the corp at fault because they did not provide security controls.  It was there, so, well I had to take it with me.  You never stopped me from walking into the safe (wide open anyway) and remove cash.  

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