Survey: 68% of healthcare employees willing to engage in unsafe data behaviors

Seventy-two percent of employees across industries are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information in certain circumstances, according to a Dell survey.

The survey, titled the Dell End-User Security Survey, details responses from 2,608 professionals in various countries, all of whom handle confidential data.

Here are five survey findings.

1. Employees in the healthcare industry were the third most likely to share sensitive data, with 68 percent admitting they are willing to do so under certain circumstances.

2. Employees in financial services were the most likely to share sensitive information at 81 percent, followed by education employees at 75 percent.

3. The most cited circumstances under which employees were willing to share sensitive data include being directed to do so by management (43 percent), sharing with a person authorized to receive it (37 percent) and determining company risk is very low (23 percent).

4. When considering company risk, a few unsafe data behaviors proved common. Nearly half of respondents (49 percent) admitted to using a personal email account for confidential work communication, and 36 percent frequently open emails from unknown senders at work.

5. Forty-nine percent of employees used corporate-issued devices to access personal social media accounts, opening the door for phishing or other cyberattacks. Forty-six percent of respondents also admitted to connecting to public Wi-Fi to access confidential information.

Click here to view the full survey.

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