82% of SMB execs expect employees to put business devices at risk with holiday shopping


Nearly half of executives surveyed don’t believe their employees would be able to spot a bad actor posing as an online retailer, Zix-AppRiver found.

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The majority (82%) of small- to medium-sized business (SMB) executives believe “many” of their company employees will use work devices to shop online this holiday season, a Zix-AppRiver report found. 

With business data stored and transmitted on work devices, using the same devices to shop online can leave this valuable information vulnerable to attack, according to the report. 

Zix-AppRiver’s Cyberthreat Index for Business was developed with the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity. The report surveyed 1,049 C-level executives and IT decision makers at SMBs around the US. The SMBs covered a variety of industries including technology and telecom, retail, education, business services and consulting, and financial services and insurance. 

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More than half (61%) of respondents know that online shopping by employees is risky for their business information and customers, but believe it is “a fact of life; and there is not much I could do about it,” according to the report. 

Nearly half (49%) of all SMBs surveyed aren’t confident that most employees could tell the difference between an illegitimate link from a cybercriminal posing as a fake online retailer and a legitimate one, the report found. 

Employees can be just as dangerous to business security as hackers and cybercriminals. Cybersecurity breaches caused by employee error are very common, to the point that employee mistakes are an even larger threat to data security than hackers, leaving the majority…



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