Office workers have little trust in digital world

The majority of UK office workers have trouble deciding who to trust in the digital world, however this isn’t surprising considering 14 percent have already been badly affected by cybercrime, according to PhishMe.

The study looked at the attitudes of 1,000 UK office workers towards cybercrime and phishing and revealed that a staggering 60 percent of respondents find it difficult deciding which sources to trust online. Of the websites UK office workers do trust, banks come out on top with 55 percent of respondents saying they trust their own bank.

Dating websites are the least trusted with only 0.3 percent of respondents saying they feel safe using the sites.

When respondents were asked which online sources they do trust the findings were:

  • 55 percent of respondents trust their own bank
  • 19 percent of respondents trust online retailers
  • 17 percent of respondent trust other banks
  • 10 percent of respondents trust Facebook
  • 6 percent of respondents trust the media
  • 5 percent of respondents trust LinkedIn and Twitter
  • 2 percent trust online blogs
  • 0.3 percent of respondents trust dating sites.

Other findings revealed that almost half of UK office workers are more worried about being phished at home than at work; however, given that one in seven respondents have or know someone who has been badly affected by cybercrime, this figure is not surprising.

Of the people who have already been affected by cybercrime:

  • Over half of the people experienced financial loss
  • Over a third experienced identity theft
  • Over a fifth experienced data loss
  • Over a third were left with an infected computer.

Rohyt Belani, CEO of PhishMe, said: “The fact that one in seven office workers have already been affected by cybercrime should be a big concern for organizations because these threats could potentially be brought into a corporate network through BYOD policies and the use of consumer cloud applications within the work place. Organizations that provide their employees with continuous security training will not only be significantly more prepared, they will also be able to leverage their employees for an additional source of threat intelligence.”

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