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UK staff under more pressure at home - and that's bad news for security

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Employees have experienced immense stress since the Covid-19 pandemic led to the widespread adotion of remote working.

This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, which says that added stress has led to many workers taking unnecessary risks and exposing their organizations to various cyberthreats.

The report states that all employees get roughly the same level of organizational support, including training and hardware to get the job done. But when it comes to actually working, those under the age of 35 find it harder to focus, feel more pressure to stay available after working hours and can’t manage competing demands.

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They also worry more about keeping their jobs and making sure they perform well, with roughly half claiming they struggle to understand their professional goals.

All this stress results in workers taking unnecessary risks and making costly mistakes. Many copied the wrong people into emails, while almost half are using shadow IT, which opens up their organization to various cyberattacks.

“Lockdown has been a stressful time for everyone, and while employers have admirably supported remote working with technology and connectivity, the human factor must not be overlooked. Interruptions, distractions, and split attention can be physically and emotionally draining and as such it’s unsurprising that decision fatigue and motivated reasoning continues to grow,” said Dr. Margaret Cunningham, Principal Research Scientist at Forcepoint.