UK workers' approaches to fight data hacks are outdated

Citrix has found that two-thirds (65 percent) of UK workers feel more defenceless against data hacks than they did a year ago. The majority of respondents (71 percent) cited that data theft would be “inevitable” at some point.

The poll examined 2000 full-time workers in the UK. One in three 16 to 25-year-olds feel more vulnerable to hacks in comparison to 15 percent of people over the age of 55.

Two in three respondents indicated physical documentation as a risk and chose shredding as a preferable way of disposing information. Almost a third of respondents still rely on USB memory sticks to back up important information, while just nine percent use the cloud. The numbers suggest that their approaches to combating the threat are outdated.

“Workers also seem sceptical of the cloud in terms of protecting their own files. With companies increasingly turning to cloud services to store information and data, they will need to convince staff that cloud networks are a safe and reliable way to safeguard business-critical data and intellectual property,” said Chris Mayers, chief security architect, Citrix.

Some workers protected their data by “creating confusing personal information” and by only using Linux-based software since it is less vulnerable to attack than other operating systems. Research also revealed speculation around the security of digital transactions. 

Some workers stated that to secure their data they never use online banking while others prefer to bank online to protect their data.