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Misunderstandings About Cyber Security

December 10, 2020

Avast, a supplier of digital security and privacy products, made a survey of over two thousand office workers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The results show a general misconception of cyber security and a need for improved awareness and training.

Some of the findings:

  • Almost 40% of small business employees think they would be held personally responsible for a data breach if they unknowingly clicked on a malicious link. This leads them to keep quiet instead of reporting a threat. The message must be that mistakes can be tolerated, but not a cover up.
  • Less than 18% of employees know that ignoring updates to applications leaves them vulnerable to cyber attack. Automatic updates can eliminate this.
  • Over 65% of employees think large businesses are more vulnerable to cyber attack than small ones. While large data breaches get publicity,small organizations are usually less well equipped to handle a breach or survive the impact.

Avast has developed an online cybersecurity quiz (at and an explanation of cyber attacks and challenges. Their survey shows the need for better education and training