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Study Finds that Majority of Employees Pose Cyber Risk, Cyberattacks Cost Companies $7.9M on Average

November 9, 2018

Hikvision Committed to Educating Partners, Employees on Identifying Phishing Emails, Preventing Malware

Hikvision Committed to Educating Partners, Employees on Identifying Phishing Emails, Preventing Malware

 

An article in Security magazine outlines the results of a new MediaPRO study that found 74 percent of employees pose “a moderate or severe risk to their company’s data,” and cyberattacks, including malware, can cost companies an average of $7.91 billion.

The report was compiled from responses to an annual survey of U.S. workers, with questions based on real-world scenarios such as identifying phishing emails. Additional findings in the report include:

  • Employees this year performed worse than in 2017 across all eight threat vectors measured, such as spotting a phishing email and safety on social media.
     
  • Employees in management roles or above showed riskier behaviors than entry- or mid-level employees.
     
  • Fourteen percent of employees lacked the ability to correctly identify phishing emails.

“The overall results of this report revealed a trend we weren’t happy to see: employees performing worse across the board compared to the previous year. Rather than dwell on how much the average employee still has to learn, this report should be taken as a roadmap for a robust security and/or privacy awareness initiative—one that will ultimately lead to real behavior change,” said Tom Pendergast, chief security strategist at MediaPRO, in the article.

You can read the whole article here.

Hikvision is committed to educating partners and employees on how to stay safe online, by identifying phishing emails, preventing malware, and expanding their knowledge of cybersecurity best practices. Hikvision’s series of cybersecurity blogs offers an extensive library of insights and can be viewed online here

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