Monday, September 14, 2015
Survey Finds HR Staff a Huge Threat to IT Security
A survey of 500 global security professionals by UK-based tech form Clearswift found that HR came in second only to finance among departments posing the biggest threat to IT security, and first according to respondents in the UK. The reasons cited for this were described as cultural, manifested by sending information to the wrong recipients, inadvertently installing malware on computers and deliberate theft by employees and contractors. While HR staff have far more access to personal data than those in finance, the survey focused on security rather than privacy lapses. Interestingly, the largest threat perceived by respondents appeared to come from male HR middle managers working in the office, who were under time and financial pressure to perform but without an obvious stake in the consequences of losing data.