According to research released Thursday by Code42, 85% of employees are more likely to leak files today than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By malicious insiders we are not talking about terrible people who are criminals,” said Joe Payne, Code42’s President and CEO. “More often than not it’s the coder who wrote some software and takes it to the next job, or a person who takes a customer list. On the careless side, people are using DropBox for their kids’ soccer team and then they decide to use it for their sales team, but the tool is not approved by corporate IT.”

This study clearly shows that companies are continuing to struggle with insider risk during this time, especially as employees continue to work remote. The new research discovered is incredibly alarming, including:

  • 76% of IT security leaders say that their organizations have experienced one or more data breaches since work-from-home started
  • 59% say insider threats will increase in the next two years caused by users having access to files they shouldn’t, employees preferring to work the way they want regardless of security protocols, and the continuation of remote work
  • 54% of organizations still don’t have a formal insider risk response plan
  • 40% of companies don’t assess how effectively their technologies mitigate insider threats

With the continual remote environment work, it’s important to ensure your end users are properly educated of the latest attacks. New-school security awareness training can assist in securing the human layer of defense for your organization.