Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cisco stresses better IT Security Education

In a report released by Cisco, it's claimed that there is a "startling" lack of concern for IT security amongst young professionals. According to the report, there is a need for a more enhanced education on the matter.


The Connected World Technology report has revealed that 7 out of 10 young employees frequently ignore IT policies.


More than half of the young professionals surveyed admit to having allowed other users to use their computer without them supervising it, 9% admitted to having used a stranger’s mobile device, while 19% also said that they used free wireless hotspots.


Shockingly, 60% of young employees feel that IT security isn't their responsibility.


To fix this, the report recommends technology control tools like intrusion prevention systems should be in place, along with new recruits training that educates them on the businesses’s expectations for appropriate behaviour and security practices.


David Evans, chief futurist for Cisco says: “Assess user education practices. Long seminars and handbooks aren’t effective. Younger employees will be more receptive to a targeted approach to user education, with shorter sessions and ‘just-in-time’ training. Peer training also works well in today’s collaborative work environment.”