The Phishing’s Good At Work

    September 15, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

A Trend Micro study suggests people engage in far more risky business at work than they do at home.

People who would never think of clicking on links in suspicious emails from their home PCs have no trouble doing so from their work-provided machine. The study of 1,200 online survey respondents found 39 percent clutching to the belief that their IT department protects them from being victimized online by phishing scams, or infected by spyware.

That boldness comes from the belief that security measures taken by corporate IT departments will safeguard their bad browsing behavior. Out of the percentage mentioned, three in five people click on links, visit sites, or open emails they wouldn’t normally do otherwise.

The survey’s responses contain results from US, German, and Japanese users. US system and network administrators really won’t like this US-specific number: one out of three engage in that bad behavior because the computer doesn’t belong to them.

It seems that efforts to educate end users on the threats of the Internet either have failed to take or are simply disregarded. That indication probably means enterprises will have to spend more money on centralized threat management solutions and security policy enforcement.

Within publicly-traded firms in the US, end users who don’t think beyond the computer in their cubicles probably don’t really realize the true concern. Failing to safeguard corporate data means a company could run afoul of the federal government, due to the Sarbanes-Oxley act, if it flunks an audit.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.