Loose Lips Sink Corporate Ships: How Top Execs Are the Biggest Cybersecurity Risk

Here’s a plot twist: execs are the real office rebels! According to Ivanti, 49% of executives prefer to live dangerously, bypassing those pesky security protocols, and sharing work devices with outsiders. So, if you’re looking for a masterclass on ‘Executive Security Practices’, you might want to skip the top floor!

Hot Take:

If you thought the boss knows best, think again! According to Ivanti, it’s the bigwig execs who are putting businesses at risk with their lax security practices. Looks like the office underlings could teach them a thing or two about cybersecurity. With more and more execs playing fast and loose with security protocols, the phrase ‘lead by example’ has never been more ironic.

Key Points:

  • 49% of executives have requested to bypass security protocols, increasing the risk of phishing and malware attacks.
  • Executives are three times more likely to share work devices with non-employees.
  • One in three executives admitted to accessing unauthorized data.
  • A whopping 77% of execs use easy-to-crack passwords based on personal information.
  • Almost half of the executives have been targeted by a phishing scam in the past year, with 35% of those falling for the scam.

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The Execs Need a Cybersecurity 101

Apparently, the ones at the top are the ones most likely to forget about the importance of cybersecurity. Ivanti's new study found that executives are the most targeted by cyber threats. Despite being aware of the risks, they're often the ones to bypass security protocols and share work devices with friends and family. To top it off, one in three execs have accessed unauthorized data. I mean, who needs enemies when you have execs like these?

Burnout and 'Just-this-once-ism'

The poor security teams are having a hard time keeping up with these rebellious execs. Burnout is a real issue, with 60% of CISOs admitting to experiencing burnout in the past year. But it's not just the workload that's causing the problem. Execs are frequently violating security protocols under the guise of 'just-this-once-ism', making it even harder for the teams to manage risks and improve behaviours.

Attack of the Spear Phishing

Execs are prime targets for spear phishing attacks, and it seems they're falling for them hook, line, and sinker. Almost half of the execs said they've been targeted by a phishing scam in the past year, with 35% clicking on a phishing link or sending money to scammers. So, next time you see an exec blushing, it's probably because they've just been caught in another phishing net.

Awkward Interactions and External Tech Support

It seems that security teams and executives have a bit of a strained relationship. Execs are twice as likely to describe their interactions with security teams as 'awkward' and 'embarrassing'. Plus, they're four times more likely to turn to external, often unapproved, tech support instead of their own IT team. Talk about trust issues!

Tags: CISO Burnout, Data Privacy, Executive Security, IT Protocol Bypass, Phishing Scams, Spear-phishing attacks, Unapproved Tech Support