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Research: Why Employees Violate Cybersecurity Policies

Research: Why Employees Violate Cybersecurity Policies


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Digital Attacks On Organizations

In the modern cybersecurity landscape, every employee is a potential threat vector. To keep their organizations safe, technical and business leaders alike must understand the factors that can make anyone susceptible to flouting policy and opening the door to attackers.

While the i...

A recent study suggests that the vast majority of intentional policy breaches stem not from some malicious desire to cause harm, but rather, from the perception that following the rules would impede employees’ ability to get their work done effectively.

Employees are m...

Common sources of stress include family demands that conflicted with work, job security fears, and ironically, the demands of the cybersecurity policies themselves.

People are more likely to violate procedures when they worry that following them would hinder productivity, require extra...

There are a lot of well-intentioned reasons that an employee might knowingly fail to fully follow the rules.

Rather than focusing on malicious attacks, security policies should acknowledge the fact that many employee-driven breaches stem from an attempt to balance security and prod...

As the myriad stresses of the pandemic make it harder to maintain productivity, that means that security tends to take a backseat to the critical tasks that drive performance reviews, promotions, and bonuses.

To address this, managers must recognize that job design and cybersec...

in a study, around 18% of policy violations were motivated by a desire to help a coworker. The pandemic has only increased the challenges we all face every day, and thus has created even more opportunities for well-meaning employees to “help” their peers in ways that leave their ...

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