In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our Trustwave team recently hit the streets of Chicago to learn what employees really know about security.
Why should IT professionals care about this? Because every day these men and women come to work, log in to their computers and connect. They open emails, surf the web, download new apps and access the valuable data that lives inside networks, applications and databases. Just one mistake could open the door to a breach, potentially costing an organization millions of dollars, lost customers and a tarnished reputation.
These videos aren't meant to elicit cheap laughs or play gotcha with our interviewees - although we have to admit, some parts certainly are worthy of a snicker or two. What we actually discovered was a cross- section of employee knowledge: from the more informed to the less enlightened. Although it's a small sample size, our hope is that these videos - which also contain factoids and tips - will help make you a better IT and security leader who is more aware of your company's potential liabilities.
Beginning today, and continuing for the next six business days, we will post a video to the Trustwave Blog and on our YouTube channel. In our first video, we asked employees: Are you behaving badly? What do they do to protect their company's information? Do they consider security risks when surfing the web? Have they ever lost a phone containing corporate information?
After you watch, we want to hear from you. Share the videos over social media and email, comment on them, and, better yet, tell us the most harrowing - or proudest - tale of employee security actions you've witnessed as an IT pro. Lost laptops at airports? Sensitive emails sent to personal accounts? Passwords written on Post-it notes? Or perhaps a worker who clicked out of that phishing scam? Tweet at us @Trustwave and be sure to use the hashtag #securitysmarts.
Do you want to commiserate with other practitioners? Be sure to engage in the comment threads on our LinkedIn or Facebook pages - and interact with your peers!