19% of employees of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) share their passwords with coworkers, according to a study by Switchfast. These shared passwords are usually very weak and are rarely changed, leaving them vulnerable to brute-force attacks. Passwords are usually shared for convenience, but the practice drastically increases the likelihood that a critical account will be breached.
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Another finding of the survey was that C-suite leaders of SMBs tend to have worse security habits than their employees, with just 24% of executives saying they’ve enabled multi-factor authentication, compared to 31% of employees. While neither of those statistics is ideal, it shows that company executives are not leading by example when it comes to security.
Switchfast also found that only 49% of C-suite executives believe their company will be targeted by cyberattacks, while 65% of their employees think an attack is likely. This optimism on the part of executives might explain their lax attitude toward security.
The survey shows that there is a lack of security awareness at many small and medium-sized businesses, particularly among company leaders. Employees at every level of an organization need new-school security awareness training to improve their security stance and make them more mindful of the threats their organization faces. Naked Security has the story.
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