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2016 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report

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What’s your privacy and cybersecurity IQ?

We surveyed more than 1,000 employees and members of the general public over a one-month period to gather a baseline of security and privacy awareness across a slice of the general population. We tested survey-takers’ knowledge across eight different security and privacy risk areas, including identifying phishing attempts, safe social media use, and working remotely.

The results: 88% of respondents lacked the necessary awareness to stop preventable privacy or security incidents. Not good.

What else did we find? Check out the infographic below for more details on the survey, and some best practices for a handful of key risk areas.

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2016 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report

  1. 1. 2016STATEOFPRIVACYAND SECURITYAWARENESSREPORT 88% ofEmployeesLacktheBasicAwarenesstoStop PreventablePrivacyorSecurityIncidents Theseindividualsputtheir organizationsatseriousriskfora privacyorsecurityincident.Such incidentscanmeanbigtroubleforan organization,includinglossof consumertrust,financialand reputationdamages,andmore. RISK 16% Noviceshaveagoodunderstanding ofthebasics,butcouldstandto learnmore.Theyshouldremember thatevenonewrongdecisionor mistakecanleadtoasecurity and/orprivacyincident. NOVICE 72% Theseindividualsknowtheirstuff, includinghowtoidentifyandproperly disposeofpersonalinformation, recognizephishingattemptsand malware,andkeepinformationsafe whileworkingremotely. HERO 12% RISK 0-23 00.0%-74.2% SURVEYSCORERANGE PERCENTRANGE NOVICE 24-28 77.4%-90.3% SURVEYSCORERANGE PERCENTRANGE HERO 29-31 93.5%-100% SURVEYSCORERANGE PERCENTRANGE PRIVACY&SECURITYAWARENESSIQSURVEYKEYFINDINGS Weinviteyoutotakethesurveyyourself,benchmarkagainstyourpeers,and figureoutwhichriskareasmaybeacauseforconcern. READONTOLEARNMORE: ONLY12% OFEMPLOYEESHAVEAHIGHENOUGHAWARENESSIQ TOAVOIDPREVENTABLEPRIVACYORSECURITYINCIDENTS. Organizations face numerous threats thatcompromise the securityofcriticalinformation.Andwhenriskybehaviorgoes unchecked,manyemployeescontinueto unintentionallyput theirorganizations'sensitivedataatrisk. ThissurveywasconductedbyMediaProtoformulateabaseline Privacy&SecurityAwarenessIQfororganizationsassessing theirriskprofiles. ?Wesurveyednearly1,000employees,testingtheirknow-how acrosseightsecurityandprivacyscenarios.Whatfollowsare thekeytakeawaysalongwithafewbestpractices. Thesefiguresrepresentthepercentageofsurveyrespondentswhoshowed riskybehaviorsineachoftheeightriskareas. Overall,theaveragesurveyrespondentachievedaNOVICEscore, whichstillleavesorganizationsvulnerabletothreats. 26%INCIDENTREPORTING 20%WORKINGREMOTELY 19%ACCESSCONTROLS 19%IDENTIFYINGPERSONALINFORMATION 18%IDENTIFYINGMALWAREWARNINGSIGNS 15%CLOUDCOMPUTING 14%SOCIALMEDIA 13%IDENTIFYINGPHISHINGATTEMPTS AWARENESSOFEMPLOYEESIN8RISKAREAS 39%chosetodiscarda potentialpassword hintinanunsecured trashbin. Passwordsandpassword hintsshouldbekeptunder lockandkeyanddisposedof byshredding,orsome othersecuremeans. BESTPRACTICE TAKEAWAY 25%failedtorecognizeasample phishingemailwithaquestionable “from”addressandanattachment. Onlyemailsfrom trustworthysourcesshouldbe opened.Anyemailswithanattachmentshould begivenextrascrutiny. BESTPRACTICE TAKEAWAY thoughtitwasacceptable touseapersonalUSB drivetotransferwork documentswhenworking remotely. Mostcompaniesdonotallowemployeestouse apersonalflashdrive(personalportablemedia orevenapersonal clouddrive)tostore businessinformation. Suchinformationshould onlybestoredonsecure andapprovedworkdevices. BESTPRACTICE TAKEAWAY 30% thoughtitwasacceptable topostonbehalfoftheir company,eventoapersonal socialmediaaccount. Postingaboutcompanymatters onsocialmediacouldleadto reputationaldamageandcan beinviolationofan organization'scodeof conduct.Alwaysabideby anorganization’sinternal policipolicieswhenitcomes topostingabout companymatters onsocialmedia. BESTPRACTICE TAKEAWAY KEYTAKEAWAYSANDBESTPRACTICES https://www.mediapro.com/awareness-iq TAKETHESURVEYNOW! Allresponsesare100%anonymous. WHAT'SYOURPRIVACY&SECURITYAWARENESSIQ?

What’s your privacy and cybersecurity IQ? We surveyed more than 1,000 employees and members of the general public over a one-month period to gather a baseline of security and privacy awareness across a slice of the general population. We tested survey-takers’ knowledge across eight different security and privacy risk areas, including identifying phishing attempts, safe social media use, and working remotely. The results: 88% of respondents lacked the necessary awareness to stop preventable privacy or security incidents. Not good. What else did we find? Check out the infographic below for more details on the survey, and some best practices for a handful of key risk areas.

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