Porn embarrassment a threat to UK businesses

A survey of 2,000 UK workers has found that on average, a fifth (21 percent) had potentially put their company at risk of malware by accessing pornography and/or adult websites on a personal device which was also used for work (26 percent of men and 18 percent of women). More than one in ten (15 percent of men and eight percent of women) admitted to viewing such content on a corporate issued device. And a surprising one in four (25 percent) said they were unaware visiting such websites could lead to their device being infected by malicious viruses or bugs that could compromise the data on their device. 

More worrying still, a fifth of UK workers using a personal device for work would not tell their employer if they knew that they had caused a potential threat to business as a result of accessing porn and/or adult websites according to the survey by Elitetele.com

One in four women (24 percent) and one in five men (21 percent) admitted they would be too embarrassed to inform their employer, with seven percent of both sexes claiming they would only pluck up the courage to tell after one week and two percent within a month, by which time a business could be severely compromised.

Russell Horton, chief operating officer at Elitetele.com comments, “Our survey shows 72 per cent of the workforce aged between 18 and 44 have accessed porn and/or adult websites on a personal device used as part of a BYOD scheme. Such websites can often infect visitors automatically when they browse and typically visitors are unlikely to complain to those running the online service, the police or their boss because of the embarrassment involved. This provides cyber-criminals with the opportunity to view poorly secured corporate networks at leisure because nobody has raised the alarm and nothing is being done to stop them. Businesses should look at putting a Unified Threat Management facility in place alongside robust BYOD policies to safeguard against such intrusions, providing peace of mind that they have the best possible defence against cyber-sleuths.”