Just a quarter of IT professionals are confident in their employees’ cyber security awareness, according to a new report on attitudes in the industry.

Barkly’s Cybersecurity Confidence Report shows that only 25 per cent of those in the sector have faith in other employees’ information security awareness.

Meanwhile, just 46 per cent are confident they can measure security’s ROI and only half say they are confident in their current security solution, according to the survey.

On a more positive note, 83 per cent believe that effective endpoint security is possible. “IT pros and executives often don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to the best use of time and resources,” the report said. “Execs are generally more confident with their current security and prefer to address issues with new software.

“IT pros are more sCeptical and would rather invest in employee training or hire more help. Despite these issues, both groups are optimistic they can make improvements and generally feel supported to make the changes they need.”

The report also revealed the average number of breaches companies of various sizes have experienced over the last year.

Firms with fewer than 1,000 workers suffered two breaches on average, while those with more than 10,000 employees were hit by an average of 2.7. Leading the way, however, were firms with between 1,000 and 9,000 workers, at 3.5.

Employees’ actions – both malicious and careless – are an ongoing problem for cyber security teams trying to keep organisations’ data safe and secure.

A recent EY survey showed that breaches and malicious employees tampering with data are the most up-and-coming fraud risks for 83 per cent of executives in 2016.

Meanwhile, it has been estimated that three quarters of companies may face significant data loss due to insider threats, which account for 42 per cent of all confidential data breaches.

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