Half of Employees Put the Organization at Risk by Watching Adult Content on Work Computers



iStock-1189935934New data from Kaspersky shows how the pandemic has changed the way people work… and how these new habits increase the organization’s risk of cyberthreat.

A major change like suddenly working from home includes making a lot of changes – where, when, and how you get work done in an environment designed for anything but work-related activity can be a challenge. Security vendor Kaspersky recently released their How COVID-19Changed the Way People Work report and it provides some interesting insight on how risk has increased.

According to the report:

  • 51% of employees admit to watching adult content on the same device used to perform work functions
  • 55% of employees state they are using employer-provided devices

So, you have half of employees using work devices and browsing websites with adult content can result in sextortion scams aimed at collecting money, credentials, or access to corporate resources.

At a time where employees are adjusting to their new work environment, it’s important to realize that being at home lowers their sense of vigilance against cyberattack. And, according to Kaspersky, nearly three-fourths (73%) of employees haven’t received any Security Awareness Training since transitioning to working remotely, it’s not just the employee that’s putting the organization at risk.

When the new network perimeter stretches all the way to the living room of Pam in Accounting, organizations need to implore and empower employees to participate in corporate security. The use of Security Awareness Training provides employees with the perspective and guidance necessary to help them remain vigilant against bad cyber habits (such as visiting adult content sites) and cyberattacks that seek to take advantage of the current work situation.


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