How much does the average employee know about data security?

Some, but maybe not enough. A recent report from e-Learning company, MediaPro indicates that there are some gaps in the the average American’s awareness of data handling best practices and procedures.  MediaPro surveyed 1,007 US residents about data privacy.

Some of the findings:

  • Only 53% of respondents consider medical records to be “most sensitive.”
  • 28% consider work emails to be most sensitive.
  • Financial sector employees rank tax information less sensitive than the rest of the survey group (57% financial employees vs. 73% for other industries).

Graph from MediaPro Report

Remember Target? The now infamous data breach revealed contact and credit card information for more than 60 million customers and resulted in an $18.5 million settlement. It was enabled by a vendor employee who opened a phishing email that ultimately provided access to Target’s database. Lack of data security policy, procedure, and training can open employers up to major liabilities.

The MediaPro report also indicates that awareness of privacy regulations is mixed. Respondents were most familiar with HIPAA, which regulates the security of U.S. residents’ health information. They were largely unaware of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which regulates data transfers to EU citizens regardless of country of origin.

The report is available as a free download from MediaPro.


2018 Eye on Privacy Report,