In April of 2020, shortly after many areas were forced to go into lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we did a survey of 5000 workers from around the world to see if they were following good security practices and how they felt about now having to work from home. We found out some interesting facts like at least 25% of our respondents had never changed their home WiFi passwords and 20% had shared their computer passwords with a spouse or child.
It is now nine months later. Companies have had some time to educate their employees and implement security measures that will ensure that company and customer data is protected even while their workers are working from home. With this in mind, we did another survey. This time we focused on workers in the United States. We asked many of the same questions and added a few more, to see how far we have come and how our challenges have evolved.
We also broke down the answers by a few more demographics this time around. This led to an interesting observation when comparing the secure habits of senior management vs. junior management. Based upon their answers, junior managers are much more likely to follow good security practices than senior managers are.
Senior managers were:
- 2x more likely to share their passwords.
- 2x more likely to work on public WiFi.
- More likely than all others to share their work devices.
- 19% more likely to download personal apps on their work devices.
By comparing the answers we got back in April to the answers we got more recently in December, we were pleased to find that many of our respondents were practicing much better security habits than they had been before. To see specifically how their security habits have changed and how their feelings towards working remotely have evolved, download our new ebook: The Updated 2020 COVID-19 State of Remote Work Survey Report.