Many employees still unconcerned with data security

Many employees still unconcerned with data security

Businesses are increasing their IT budgets to combat the growing threat of cybersecurity, but more than half of employees either don't care about security or believe it's solely the system administrator's responsibility.

According to a recent study by a leading IT security company, only about 39 percent of surveyed computer users said their organizations have detailed policies and the entire company takes them seriously. Meanwhile, 35.4 percent of respondents said they have security guidelines, but employees don't care enough to follow them.

"When we see that less than 40 percent of workers take IT security seriously while at work, we know there is more to be done when it comes to educating people about IT security," said security expert Sorin Mustaca. "Employees need to know that security goes beyond just having an antivirus program installed. I am disappointed to see that a quarter of the users who took the survey are completely ignoring the importance of IT security."

Despite many companies striving to make data security a business-wide effort, 25.6 percent of employees said they're unconcerned with IT security and believe it's only the system administrator's responsibility.

Another recent survey by a separate leading internet security company revealed 40 percent of all cyberattacks are targeted at small businesses with less than 500 employees.