Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Cisco asks for better IT Security Education

A report released by Cisco says that there is a "startling" lack of concern for IT security amongst young professionals. The report stresses that there is a need of more proficient education on the subject.

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 monitoring it, 9% admitted that they used a stranger’s mobile device, while 19% said that they used free wireless hotspots to connect to the internet.

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

To combat this, the report recommends technology control tools like intrusion prevention systems to be placed, 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.”