Dell Survey Finds Unsafe Data Security Practices Put Businesses at Risk

Tech giant Dell released its End-User Security Survey on enterprise data security recently and the results were not encouraging. Dell found that not only are many employees willing to share confidential information, they often take sensitive information with them when they leave their organizations.

The numbers are sobering. Of the 2,608 global professionals that Dell surveyed, 72 percent said they're willing to share sensitive, confidential, or regulated information. The study covered users who work at organizations employing 250 or more people.

Conflicting Requirements

This willingness on the part of employees to play fast and loose with company data security policies doesn't stem from some rebellious impulse, but rather from a desire to be more productive at their jobs, according to Dell. The survey results suggest that most employees find themselves struggling to balance two conflicting requirements: greater job efficiency and maintaining data security.

In some cases, employees are simply uninformed about their companies' security protocols and procedures. But even in cases where staff members had been properly educated, the Dell survey found that many employees still did not fully accept the need for those protocols as explained to them. In fact, 76 percent of workers said their employers were prioritizing security over productivity with overly strict security requirements.

"When security becomes a case-by-case judgment call being made by the individual employee, there is no consistency or efficacy," said Brett Hansen, vice president of Endpoint Data Security and Management at Dell, in a statement. ?EU?These findings suggest employees need to be better educated about data security best practices, and companies must put procedures in place that focus first and foremost on securing data while maintaining productivity.?EU?

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