Research group finds 40% of workers don't trust laptops

By Justin Mann on August 11, 2006, 8:33 PM
A combined research project between the Hubbell Group, the RBC Capital Markets company and several technology companies at a recent conference has revealed some very interesting details regarding the way people treat computer security. With the increasing risk of identify theft coming from information being stolen off a lost PC, people are changing their attitudes from seeing PCs are fortresses of trustworthiness. The survey of 1,000 people found out interesting things such as:

Almost 40 percent of respondents said their personal computer at work is not a secure device.
And the sad part is, they are probably right. Too many companies and too many people do not take the proper steps to properly secure a computer. The education required is minimal, but like all machines it is important to have some level of knowledge, for your own safety, before you start moving along. The full release can be seen below. Some more interesting discoveries, that we have seen other corresponding evidence from in other studies and other countries, was the increase of a work computer being used for non-work activities, like online purchases or music. Of course ,the sample group for this study is rather small at only 1000. More detailed data would be quite welcome.




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Americans Invite Computer Security Risk by Failing to Secure or Back-Up Information, According to National Survey Internet Security is a Growing Issue for Employers as Work Computersare Increasingly Used for Personal Diversions SAN FRANCISCO, August 11 2006 – Many Americans do not adequately secure or back up the information on their computers, creating unnecessary risks for themselves and perhaps their employers, according to a national survey of 1000 Americans released today by RBC Capital Markets. Underscoring the computer security risks, 71 percent of respondents said that if their laptop was stolen or misplaced, the information would not be secure. Nearly 40 percent admitted to having used work computers for personal use, adding to the internet security risks for employers. The survey, released in conjunction with RBC Capital Markets’ annual Technology Conference being held this week in San Francisco, indicated that new technology products are too difficult for many people. Nearly 45 percent of respondents said they don’t understand new technologies or how to use them, while one-third of respondents said they did not back up any of their photos, music, or documents on their home computers because they were confused on how to do it. “Computers are so pervasive that their proper use is essential to our economy,” said Marc Harris, Director of U.S. Equity Research at RBC Capital Markets. “As a society and an industry, we clearly have to do a much better job in teaching people how to better use computer security tools such as passwords, virus protection software and anti-spyware solutions.”The survey also revealed the following:· More than half of respondents (56 percent) said they did not want to store personal items such as photos and documents on an Internet-based storage site.· Almost 40 percent of respondents said their personal computer at work is not a secure device.· One out of four said they were doing more work for their job on the Internet while at home compared to last year.· Almost 20 percent said they had used their organization’s IT support department for their work PC three or more times in the past 12 months.The survey also confirmed how deeply Americans use their work computer for personal use. · Four out of ten respondents said they were using their work PC to check their personal email.· Four out of ten also said they were using their work PC to surf the Internet, and 28 percent said they were making purchases or doing research on things they wanted to buy, making internet security a top priority for corporate IT departments.Listening to music (18 percent) and playing games (15 percent) were other diversions for employees on their work computers.“There is on doubt that personal computers have dramatically increased productivity, but it’s possible that some of those gains are being reduced by employees who use computers for non-work activities,” added Harris. About RBC Capital MarketsRBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC Financial Group. The RBC Capital Markets survey was conducted July 18 to July 29, 2006 and included 1000 online respondents. InsightExpress assisted RBC Capital Markets in the survey. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.09 percent. For further information or full survey results, please contact:Katherine Gay, RBC Capital Markets, (416) 974-6286, katherine.gay@rbccm.comStewart Lewack, The Hubbell Group, Inc. 781-878-8882 slewack@hubbellgroup.com
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