The pandemic affected workers all over the world differently, hitting some harder than others. For some of us fortunate enough to have remained in work and in office-based roles, one experience is likely to be consistent: we were told to pack up our desks and head home, which has been our workplace for the best part of the last 12 months.
However, as with everything, women and men have experienced the transition to remote work differently. That’s why, for this year’s International Women’s Day, we have taken a look at the results of our COVID-19 State of Remote Work Survey 2.0 that relate to how the genders have adapted to remote working from a security perspective. The results of the survey, which polled 2,000 remote workers in the US and UK, found that the personal security posture demonstrated by female remote workers was significantly higher than their male counterparts. Some specific statistics include:
- Women were 12% less likely than men to share a work device with a spouse, child or partner (20%, compared to men’s 32%)
- Women were half as likely to download personal applications to a company device (15%, compared to men’s 30%)
- Only 17% of women admitted to working on a public WiFi, compared to 25% of their male colleagues
- 20% of men have neglected to update their device, compared to just 15% of women
- Women were 10% less likely to share a corporate password outside of their organization (17% of men compared to 7% of women)
- Only 8% of women have left a corporate device unattended, compared to 13% of men
This healthy security posture from female remote workers appears to be paying security dividends, as another statistic from the report suggests that men are more than twice as likely to have their online accounts compromised, with 38% of men having reported an account compromise in comparison to just 18% of women.
“Unfortunately, there’s a huge disparity in these numbers. While there can be no quick fix to the far-reaching skills gap and lack of diversity in the cybersecurity industry, it’s important to remember that every little step helps. If leaders take just 10 minutes out of the working week to assess a team’s skill set from a diversity perspective, this will enable teams to better understand its operating environment. It’s crucial for individuals and/or organizations to make a commitment to change one aspect of diversity and one aspect of inclusion so that we see better security hygiene among both genders within organizations,” said Niamh Muldoon, Global Data Protection Officer at OneLogin.
About the survey
This survey was conducted with 2,000 US and UK remote workers in December 2020. Conducted online, the survey was broken down by nationality, region, age, gender, job role, industry and seniority at a company.
About International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate women’s achievements
- raise awareness about women’s equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
For more information visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/.