Shadow IT Alert: Half of Home Workers Buy Potentially Insecure Kit

Shadow IT Alert: Half of Home Workers Buy Potentially Insecure Kit

Incidents of shadow IT have snowballed during the pandemic as remote workers bought devices without vetting from the IT department, a new report from HP has warned.

The tech giant’s Out of Sight and Out of Mind report is based on a global survey of 1100 IT decision-makers and a separate poll of more than 8400 home workers in the US, the UK, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Nearly half (45%) said they’d bought IT equipment such as printers or PCs to support home working over the past year.

However, 68% said security wasn’t as big a consideration as other factors like price or functionality when purchasing. Even worse, 43% didn’t have their new laptop or PC checked or installed by IT, and 50% said the same of their new printer.

IT is also being bypassed when it comes to reporting incidents, the study found. Even though three-quarters (74%) of IT teams claimed to have seen a rise in the number of employees opening malicious phishing links or attachments in the past year, most (70%) home workers who clicked said they didn’t report it.

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