Guidance Software says 64% of UK workers are given no instruction on IT security in the workplace
Cybercrime costs UK businesses £21bn per annum, while 64% (in a survey of 700 UK workers) did not receive any training or material to educate them on IT security issues, according to a survey by Guidance Software.
However, despite the lack of training, the survey revealed that most employees are taking a responsible approach when it comes to protecting corporate data.
The survey showed that 16% believe that it is the sole responsibility of the IT department to enforce policies to protect sensitive data, while 61% believe that all employees are responsible for playing a part in the protection of company data.
A similarly high proportion, 50%, believe that it is not acceptable for employees to connect their own personal devices such as iPads or MP3 players to the corporate network.
Guidance Software employee Frank Coggrave said that what is most concerning is the chasm that exists between businesses and their employees.
"As the survey shows, a large proportion of workers clearly believe they play an important role in protecting against malware attacks and keeping data secure and half understand the risks associated with devices. However, the majority are not being adequately trained. We know that hackers and criminals are becoming more effective at evading traditional security measures, so everyone needs to be informed, observant and vigilant," Coggrave said.
"IT leaders need to recognise that employees can become a security risk or an important ally in protecting against loss or theft of data or malware, which can have huge financial consequences."
The survey highlighted that despite estimates that organisations experience between 5,000 -10,000 malware attacks each day, a quarter of workers surveyed, 23%, did not believe that the protection of sensitive data was even an issue in their workplace.