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Two in five Brits working from home at risk of cyber attacks

Abigail Fenton
·Writer
·2-min read
Working from home in a city like Geneva, could save you tens of thousands a year. (XPS/Unsplash)
Brits are working from home without any guidance on avoiding cyber attacks. Photo: XPS/Unsplash

Nearly two in five UK employees could inadvertently be putting their employers at risk of a cyber-attack while working at home, due to a lack of company-supplied information on the related risks.

Of Brits who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, 38% have not received any information about cyber-security risks from their employer, a survey by insurance broker Marsh Commercial found.

Out of the 10 sectors included in the poll, marketing (63%) and legal (50%) were shown to be particularly vulnerable.

On the other hand, finance and human resources workers were the most informed on online safety practices, with three quarters saying they have been provided “sufficient” information from their employers.

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The majority of IT employees were also adequately informed, but a third said that they haven’t received any cyber security-related communications.

Despite this, most UK employees felt satisfied with their employers in terms of regular and constructive engagement.

Four in five (81%) Brits said they felt “supported enough” by their employer, and over a third (35%) felt “very supported.”

The education sector ranked highest in this category, with nine in 10 (91%) feeling “supported enough.” It is followed by the human resources sector, at 86%.

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Fiona Barker, account director at Marsh Commercial, said: “Given the turbulence over the last few months and the new pressures on businesses to enable home working where possible, it is encouraging that the majority of UK employees feel supported by their employers.

“However, data security measures and supporting a healthy workforce warrant effective risk management solutions to help businesses stay better protected and avoid any costly mistakes down the line.

“Organisations need to keep their staff up-to-date on the latest cyber security best practice to mitigate the potential for damaging breaches.”