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The majority UK workers (71%) believe data theft is inevitable at some point, a survey has revealed.
Almost two-thirds of the 2,000 full-time UK workers polled said they feel more vulnerable to data hacks than they did a year ago, according to the survey commissioned by Citrix.
However, the Censuswide survey revealed a higher level of concern among younger workers, with a third of 16 to 25-year-olds saying they felt more vulnerable, compared with just 15% of over 55s.
While workers clearly feel more at risk of personal data theft than ever before, the survey revealed that their approaches to combating this threat are outdated.
Two in three respondents cited physical documentation as a risk and chose shredding as a preferred means of disposing information, 30% are still reliant on USB memory sticks to back-up important data and just 9% use cloud-based services.
Some respondents even mentioned more curious methods of protecting their data, such as “creating confusing personal information” and only “using Linux-based software” as this operating system is seemingly deemed less vulnerable to attack than others.
The survey also revealed some conjecture around the security of digital transactions, specifically online banking, with some workers stating that they never bank online to secure their data, while others only bank online to protect their data.
“The sheer number of high-profile data breaches in the past 12 months has resulted in workers feeling more vulnerable to hackers than ever before. This is especially prevalent in younger age groups, who are more likely to have large volumes of important data stored and maintained online,” said Chris Mayers, chief security architect at Citrix.
“However, while workers clearly accept their data is at risk, many are still reliant on dated practices, such as using USB sticks to store and protect their information, when more advanced and robust measures are available,” he said.
Mayers said the survey shows workers are sceptical of the cloud in terms of protecting their own files.
“With companies increasingly turning to cloud services to store information and data, they will need to convince staff that cloud networks are a safe and reliable way to safeguard business-critical data and intellectual property,” he said.