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Making security mistakes may come with a high price for employees

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Tessian reveals that one in four employees lost their job in the last 12 months, after making a mistake that compromised their company’s security.

The new report, which explores why people make errors at work, also found that:

  • 26% of respondents fell for a phishing email at work, in the last 12 months
  • 40% of employees sent an email to the wrong person, with 29% saying their business lost a client or customer because of the error
  • 36% of employees have made a mistake at work that compromised security and fewer are reporting their mistakes to IT

When asked why these mistakes happened, half of employees said they had sent emails to the wrong person because they were under pressure to send the email quickly – up from 34% reported by Tessian in its 2020 study – while over two-fifths of respondents cited distraction and fatigue as reasons for falling for phishing attacks. More employees attributed their mistakes to fatigue and distraction…

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