SEOUL, July 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent survey has revealed that most remote workers use security-vulnerable personal devices and save their documents without installing anti-virus programs, indicating that they have a low level of security perception.
ESTsecurity Corp., one of the major security software providers in South Korea, conducted a survey of 6,105 employees who had experienced telecommuting, during the period from June 25 to July 2.
At 65.1 percent, roughly two thirds of the respondents said they used their own personal devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs for remote work.
Another 18.3 percent said they used both their own personal devices and company-owned devices, while 16.5 percent said they used only company-owned devices.
Along with the prevalence of telecommuting due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, it has become common to access company data through personal devices but the level of security perception among employees still remains low.
As for the question on how to manage company-related documents during telecommuting, the largest share of respondents (31.9 percent) said they saved them on company-affiliated web drives.
However, the percentage of those who said they saved them on their own PCs or did not take extra caution remained high at 27.3 percent, while 23.7 percent said they backed up the data on separate devices such as USB hard drives.
When it came to security software, 29.5 percent said they installed anti-virus programs recommended by the company, but 20.7 percent said they didn’t install any additional security programs or didn’t know how to install them.
J. S. Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)