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UK employees too trusting of shady email attachments

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Come on, people. We’re almost halfway through 2017, and you’re still opening shady email attachments? Glasswall Solutions seems to think so. As a matter of fact, its new report (opens in new tab) says UK workers are ‘too trusting’ of email attachments.

More than half, 58 per cent, ‘blindly’ open email attachments from unknown sources. Three quarters, 75 per cent, recognise how often they get shady emails. Just 16 per cent thinks they should be worried about a cyber-attack.

More than two thirds (69 per cent) fear data theft, while 41 per cent is afraid of losing a network, or a system. Only a quarter (24 per cent) is afraid of being attacked by ransomware.

One in five said their business has no policy on how to handle email attachments, and 58 per cent said they’d like ‘innovative technological protection’.

Speaking about the report, Glasswall Solutions CEO Greg Sim, said new solutions are necessary for businesses to protect themselves.

“Employees need to trust their emails to get on with their work, but with 94% of targeted cyber-attacks now beginning with malicious code hidden in an email attachment, the security of major businesses should no longer be the responsibility of individual office-workers,” he said.

“Conventional anti-virus and sandboxing solutions are no longer effective and relying on the vigilance of employees clearly leaves a business open to devastating cyber-attacks that will siphon off precious data or hold the business to ransom.”

More than half (58 per cent) would feel safer if their employers had the right tech to protect them. 

Image source: Shutterstock/kpatyhka

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.