This past year has been a challenging one for many business owners and employees who’ve been forced to leave the office environment and switch to working from home (WFH) full time. Whilst this undoubtedly has its benefits, the risk of data breaches has exponentially grown.
With that in mind, the Digital Marketing experts at Reboot Online surveyed 1,198 business owners and employees across the UK on their experiences with data breaches and password security in the past year (2020/2021). Key findings include:
Almost a 20% increase in corporate security breaches since WFH!
44% of business owners have said they have experienced a former employee trying to log into corporate apps or data. This is a 19% increase from the previous year, pre-pandemic, when people were working in the office (37%).
Who are the guiltiest former employees?
After internal investigations, most businesses have managed to pinpoint the persons in charge of the security offences. Interestingly 51% of them were hired as Executives. Managers come in second place with 34% of internal security breaches made by them. Directors were the least likely to break security protocols (3%).
What data is most accessed by ex-employees?
The majority of data breaches (56%) involve private chats. Business owners have noticed former employees trying to access private conversations from when they were a part of the company.
Interestingly, in second place are learning resources with 47% of ex-employees still trying to benefit from these work perks. This is unsurprising given the fact many people have been focusing on personal development whilst WFH.
Other applications most accessed by former employees include emails (41%), client(s) data/information (33%), internal reports (26%) and toolsets (19%).
Which sectors have the weakest protocols?
The experts at Reboot Online also looked at the percentage of businesses with one or more security breaches in the past year. This led them to find that Marketing and Digital Media companies are most likely to suffer from security breaches (52%). This is followed by Business and Consulting (46%), Healthcare (41%) and Charity organizations (38%).