Ben DiPietro | September 23, 2016

Survey Roundup: Employees Challenged on Workplace Cybersecurity Issues

Hashtag Dangerous: A report on workplace cybersecurity issues by Wombat Security Technologies found safe use of social media is a top challenge for employees and companies, with 31% of participants incorrectly answering questions about how to safely use social media. Other areas where issues were found included protecting and disposing of data securely, identifying phishing threats, protecting confidential information and working safely outside the office.

“To reduce cyberrisk in organizations, security education programs must teach and assess end users across many topic areas, like oversharing on social media and proper data handling,” said Joe Ferrara, president and chief executive of Wombat.

Not So Liberal On Pay: A study of the pay packages of around 4,000 chief executives between 1998 and 2013 by researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Washington found boards that had liberal-leaning political views paid their CEOs less than those with a conservative-leaning outlook.

All About The Chain: A report from professional services company Accenture looks at what the implementation of an editable blockchain could mean for the banking, insurance and capital markets. Presently, people can only add data to blockchains, which some argue is what makes the blockchain such a significant innovation. Others say the inability to edit information  may prohibit adoption due to human error, mischief and privacy laws.

Fear The Regulator: A survey of 606 corporate counsels from companies in 24 countries by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright found regulatory investigations tied for second with labor and employment issues as their top concern in the first half of 2016, with 35% citing it. Contracts were the top concern, at 42%.

Password Problems: A survey of 750 IT professionals by data security firm CyberArk found 40% said their organization stores privileged and administrative passwords in a Word document or spreadsheet, while 28% use a shared server or USB. And a survey of 250 hackers—both the black-hat and white-hat types—by data security company Thycotic found 77% don’t believe any password is safe from hackers.

Get Me Encryption, Stat!: A survey of 150 hospital executives by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found 68% said their hospital is encrypting sensitive data such as patient health records.

E-Fraud Escalating: A review of e-commerce fraud by U.S. zip code by global information firm Experian found Miami is the overall top city for both shipping and billing fraud.

Accounting For Women: A report from the Institute of Internal Auditors on challenges facing women in the audit profession found women represent 33% of directors or senior managers, 34% of managers and 44% of internal audit staff.