A study by cyber security firm Blue Coat Systems has revealed that organisations, including charities, are still being exposed to increasingly sophisticated cyber-threats posed by social engineering, where personal and work information is gathered, often via social media, and used to deliver advanced threats into networks.
The results of an online study carried out by YouGov among 3,130 workers in various industries across Great Britain, France and Germany added that, despite the increased use of social media applications, both inside and outside of the office, workers are still failing to fully protect themselves from complex social engineering techniques like phishing.
User behaviours have not improved since 2015 and, in some cases, have grown worse. While some areas indicate an improved sense of social media savviness, other areas supply modern-day hackers with opportunities to exploit.
Key findings amongst those who use social media include:
• In 2016, 42% of respondents report only accepting requests from people they know, suggesting a willingness to connect with strangers, down slightly from 2015 (43%).
• Privacy access and settings remain an issue, with only 40% of 2016 respondents still having set privacy settings allowing only certain people to view their profiles, the same as in 2015.
• When connecting with people, 41% of 2016 respondents always check identities before connecting, indicating a small uptick in caution when compared with 2015 which came in at 38%.
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