A cybersecurity survey conducted by British IT and telecom firm Daisy Group has revealed that almost two thirds of public sector employees would not report a serious data breach that they thought would cause problems in the workplace.

The research, which was based on a study involving 2,000 public sector staff, also discovered that many workers held a negligent attitude toward sufficient password protection.

Key findings:

64% of employees in the public sector would keep quiet about major security breaches,

5% had disabled password protection features on a laptop, mobile or other mobile devices.

20% confirmed that they do not regularly update their passwords

A further 8% answered that they used ‘simple’ passwords that could be easily guessed.

16% of public sector workers said that they had “no idea” whether data protection was an important factor in their company’s security policies.

Daisy Group’s product director of cloud services Graham Harris said: “Procedures that are complicated or disrupt the working environment often result in employees finding ways to circumnavigate them or taking matters in their own hands,” he said.

“When it comes to data security, all too often organisations focus purely on IT processes and forget about the staff that will be using them. Human error is one of, if not the most likely source for data security issues, and fear of reprisal is a powerful force.

“Public sector organisations must be proactive and educate their staff about what data security processes and policies there are, why they exist, what the staff member’s responsibilities are and reassure them about what to do in the event of a problem.”

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