Bored workers are your biggest security risk

Being overworked and excessive policies are other reasons employees slip up

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Unengaged employees are causing a huge security risk for businesses according to Centrify, as they become bored and make mistakes.

The security company polled 165 employees at the Infosec conference, asking what IT leaders view as the biggest contributing factors to security slip-ups.

It revealed 35% of people think distraction and boredom are the main causes of human error, which could have detrimental effects on a company's security. Other big reasons employees make mistakes include being overworked (19%), excessive policies and need for compliance (5%) and social media (5%).

However, more than half of those asked about security in their organisation said they fully expect their business will, in future, trust technology more than humans, putting them in charge of security to make sure human error isn't responsible for data breaches.

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"It's interesting that the majority of security professionals we surveyed are confident that businesses will trust technology enough to replace people so that fewer mistakes are made at work, yet on the other hand firmly put the responsibility for data security in the hands of employees rather than technology," said Andy Heather, VP and managing director for EMEA at Centrify.

"It seems that we as employees are both responsible and responsible so responsible for making mistakes and responsible for avoiding a potential data breach. It shows just how aware we need to be at work about what we do and how we behave when it comes to our work practices in general and our security practices in particular."

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