MediaPRO recently released its “State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report,” revealing evolving progress and challenges in employees’ security awareness and workplace privacy knowledge in the wake of tougher laws like GDPR and the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
In surveying a diverse section of employees’ roles and titles across industry sectors, MediaPRO found that:
- Almost 20 months after GDPR’s implementation, most employees do not know whether their organization needs to comply with GDPR and similar laws; 61 percent of respondents are unsure about GDPR and 62 percent were unsure about CCPA. The most-understood privacy-related law is HIPAA.
- Employees personally understand privacy stakes; 40 percent reported their employer would lose revenue after a privacy violation, but staffs are confused about their roles and responsibilities. Only 17 percent felt they could explain privacy policies to their managers.
- Cybersecurity misconceptions are a persistent threat; 43 percent of respondents were not aware that merely clicking on a malicious web link can trigger a malware infection. Similar to the flu, 14 percent of employees believe proximity affects malware infection and think keeping devices far apart is a safety measure.
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