The survey, conducted by Opinium, questioned 3,000 employees in the UK and Germany who are now working remotely
According to AT&T research, 54% of employees are regularly using their work devices for personal purposes, including sharing work equipment with family members.
The data has found that over a third of those questioned admitted to using work equipment to connect to smart home devices (35%) such as voice assistants (14%), and smart speakers (14%). Meanwhile, 13 of the respondents are using their work equipment to connect fitness monitors, and 12% are doing so to connect smart lighting and smart kitchen appliances.
At the same time, the research shows that workers understand the problem. In fact, 66% said they are more aware of cybersecurity threats since shifting to home working. Besides, 49% of the respondents in the UK and 38% in Germany and their companies, 52% in the UK; 42% in Germany, are at increased risk of cyberattacks.
Along with that, 55% have been the target of a cybersecurity threat while working remotely over the past year, and 29% said their company isn’t doing enough to protect them from cybersecurity threats.
Nevertheless, when it comes to taking responsibility, 66% of employees say that practicing good cybersecurity at work is challenging. 22% of them are citing a lack of adequate training or technical support, while 18% – lack of prioritization by senior management. Indeed, 1 in 5 employees says there is no way they could be encouraged to care about cybersecurity risk.
We’ve reported that there’s a digital skills gap between males and females.