Employee security behaviours and hybrid work are making Australian businesses more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to partner and solutions provider Barracuda’s The State of Cyber Resilience in Australia 2022 report.
Findings reveal that 60% of employees assume links in emails are safe to click if the message came through the corporate email system and 22% download and install unapproved software onto devices used for work.
Just over half (51%) of employees surveyed had been directly impacted by a cyberattack in the last 12 months.
The study surveyed 504 Australian IT decision-makers and at least 50 non-IT workers/employees in organisations. Key findings include:
Organisations are intensely vulnerable to email-borne threats
Security takes a backseat to flexibility and productivity – with senior management left most at risk
“Flexibility and agility have become key business mantras, but our research suggests that in increasingly hybrid work environments, some organisations and employees may be flexing too far and bending cybersecurity rules ‘to get a job done’,” said Barracuda APAC sales engineering director Mark Lukie.
“We also uncovered a lack of awareness regarding cybersecurity that could be leaving organisations exposed. Australian organisations need to urgently review their hybrid and work-from-home environments, commit to the adoption of best security practices like the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight framework, and provide cybersecurity hygiene refresher training to staff, in order to protect against today’s evolving email threats, application vulnerabilities and the ever-present risk of data breaches.”
The research also found that there is limited use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) among Australian businesses. Forty percent of the respondents said they do not have MFA in place but rely on password management to protect credentials while 74% of them said that remembering new complex passwords is a challenge.
The research was undertaken by StollzNow Research for Barracuda to get Australian organisations’ perspectives on the security challenges of remote work arrangements and other issues related to security culture and training in the workplace.
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