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IT staff experiences most stress from untrained and malicious users

IT staff experiences most stress from untrained and malicious users

Cybersecurity professionals experience the most stress from untrained and malicious users. This is the conclusion of new research by KnowBe4.

KnowBe4, a platform for cybersecurity training for employees, conducted a survey with 200 companies in twelve different sectors to find out what keeps them up at night. The study’s most striking observation is that these cybersecurity professionals experience up to 125 percent more stress. The stress is caused by untrained and malicious users. This group increases the likelihood of a cyber attack.

These untrained users often cause problems by using shadow applications and devices that are not approved. Users lacking training often care little about complying with the company’s cybersecurity policies. Three-quarters of UK organisations are therefore concerned about the usage of shadow applications and devices without the organisation’s consent.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) are concerned about having an adequate budget to cover the costs of IT staff. At the same time, nearly seven in ten (69 percent) organizations are concerned about ‘credential compromise’, a cyber attack that is seen as a significant threat to many businesses.

Security Policy

According to KnowBe4, cybercriminals are ruthless in adapting their strategies to achieve maximum results. The company emphasizes that no organisation can afford to be complacent. Informing staff about the right guidelines and enforcing the company’s cybersecurity policies are still the best ways to counter potential threats.