The employees charged with keeping a watchful eye over a business’s cybersecurity are the ones most likely to engage in risky activities, new research finds.
A study from McAfee revealed that IT employees, more than any other type of worker, use unapproved software and applications in the workplace. Specifically, 83% of IT employees, compared with 81% of other employees, admit to using technology solutions at work that have not been approved by the IT department or been obtained in adherence to IT policies.
Overall, 35% of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications used within companies are unapproved, the study found. Microsoft Office 365, Zoho, LinkedIn and Facebook are the most used unapproved applications being accessed by employees.
Lynda Stadtmueller, program director of the cloud computing analysis service within Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan that helped conduct the research, said there are risks associated with nonsanctioned SaaS subscriptions infiltrating corporations, particularly related to security, compliance and availability.