Ireland’s First Ever Cyber Security Research Published by Microsoft
As a Microsoft Partner we often host events for customers to explore best practices and the latest industry trends.
At our latest event, we focused on Enterprise Security, where we covered off Microsoft’s brand new research report on the Irish security landscape. The findings point to a very vulnerable nation. Due to popular demand we will be hosting a second event on April 12th, register for tickets here.
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You can access the full report here, read below where we have highlighted some of the most interesting stats in terms of enterprise security.
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In the opening statement of the report, Des Ryan, Solutions Director for Microsoft Ireland paints a frightning picture for us. New threats, and the same bad habits are posing a serious risk to Irish organisations.
“Last year, new revelations and regulations underscored how critical data protection has become to all levels within any organisation. Over the last two years, we have seen the devastating WannaCry attack over 200,000 computers in 150 countries and last March 2018, an attack on the municipal government of Atlanta nearly grounded the city to a halt”
“Nearly half of organisations don’t continuously update policies, or train staff, or upgrade devices on a regular basis. Without proper training and oversight, expecting employees to always be vigilant is unrealistic. Our research shows employees make potentially dangerous assumptions and fall into bad habits when it comes to protecting data when at the office or working from home. “
Currently this is the only Irish-centric research on cyber security. Commissioned by Microsoft, this is the first ever survey of employees across the island of Ireland: interviewing over 700 employees, split between Republic of Ireland (500) and Northern Ireland (200) in large organisations of 100 or more staff.
44% of respondents have experienced problems with cyberfraud or cyberattacks
46% of employees admit to having had no security training in the last 12 months.
43% are using the same password across different technology.
14% physically write down their work passwords.
22% admit to writing down their passwords and 44% recycle their personal passwords, potentially using the same passwords for both work and home.
28% used their personal device to work on sensitive files of projects.
37% admitted to connecting a USB or back-up drives to their work device.
36% have plugged in a non-work USB drive or data device into their work device, posing serious data and intellectual property risk.
1/4 of respondents say that having the latest technology would influence their decision on accepting job offers.
Contact CWSI if you would like to arrange for an assessment to review your organisation’s cyber security vulnerabilities.