Majority of public sector staff would ‘bend’ data-protection rules

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  • 2 years ago


A survey on technology-related security risks has found almost two-thirds of public sector workers would not report a serious data-protection breach if they thought it would cause problems in their workplace.

The research, based on a poll of 2,000 UK staff and conducted for telecoms and IT firm Daisy Group, also found significant proportions of respondents admit to lax attitudes to password-protection and a willingness to circumvent security measures to make their work life easier.

As well as the 64% of staff confirming that they would not report data-protection beaches, 5% said they had disabled a password-protection feature on a laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, while 20% said they did not change their passwords regularly. A further 8% of respondents said they used “simple” passwords that could be easily guessed.

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