Endpoint Security , Governance & Risk Management , Insider Threat

Senior Managers Lag on Cybersecurity Hygiene

Kathy Ahuja of OneLogin Discusses Remote Workforce Survey Results
Kathy Ahuja, vice president, OneLogin

Among remote workers, senior managers apparently are taking cybersecurity hygiene far less seriously than rank-and-file employees, a recent survey shows.

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For example, the survey of 2,000 remote workers in the U.K. and U.S. conducted by the security firm OneLogin found that senior managers were twice as likely to share a work device with someone outside the organization than lower-level employees.

”The culture of a junior employee is to be more compliant, to follow the rules to understand what it is that they need to do to make sure that they're doing their job with the security protocols that they're taught to do,” says Kathy Ahuja, a vice president at OneLogin. “Many times, senior managers may believe that there is a … level of support that they're receiving in their job and their position that's somehow going to protect them ... almost as though there will be somebody who will be monitoring that for them.”

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Ahuja discusses:

  • Why junior employees are more compliant with cybersecurity than senior employees;
  • Cultural differences in work device usage in the U.K and U.S.;
  • Advice for security professionals on how to encourage cybersecurity policy adherence for remote workers.

Ahuja is vice president, global compliance and information technology at OneLogin. She provides compliance guidance regarding industry standards, regulatory requirements and best security practices. And she runs the company’s IT organization.

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Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Former Director, Editorial

Holland focused on the intersection of digital banking, payments and security technologies. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, Next Bank and SXSW, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Economist and the Financial Times.

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