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Centrify poll reveals top causes of human error in the workplace

Poor management, distraction, social media, and excessive workloads are the top four reasons for human error in the workplace, according to a snapshot poll* conducted by Centrify at the recently concluded GITEX Technology Week 2017.

Other parameters that emerged from the poll, responsible for creating human error and in terms of importance, were lack of recognition of data security responsibilities, password sharing, mobile devices, complicated technology, excessive policies and compliance regulations, poor data security, and boredom.

The snapshot poll examined how human error might lead to data security risks within organisations, just over half 52 percent of the respondents believe that businesses will not be able to trust technology enough to replace employees as a means of avoiding human error in the workplace. The poll also found that 88 percent of the respondents feel that businesses are becoming too reliant on technology as a means of avoiding the data risks associated with human error.

Despite the potential risks to business from the large possible variety of human errors, the snapshot polls also indicated an overwhelming majority of the respondents 83 percent, think it is the responsibility of the employee over technology to ensure organisations avoid potential data breaches in their workplace.

“Even with large scale advances in security and threat protection technology, the employee in the workplace remains the single weakest link in the chain and the most responsible for insider level intrusions. 83 percent of respondents in our GITEX 2017 survey recognise it to be the responsibility of the employee over technology to avoid potential data breaches in their workplace,” said Kamel Heus, regional sales manager, MEA, Centrify.

“Our survey indicates that weak practices around employee management 20 percent, distraction 14 percent, social media 13 percent, excessive workloads 11 percent, are the top four reasons for human error in the workplace. Centrify is committed to securing the boundary less digital workplace as technologies transform work practices and job roles in organisations that are going to drive the digital economy of tomorrow.”

*Centrify polled 153 respondents at GITEX Technology Week 2017 held in Dubai, UAE between 8 and 12 October 2017.

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