In its fourth edition, the global survey explores the visibility, control, and management that IT organizations across the globe—including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia―have over employees, contractors, and third-party vendors with privileged access to their IT networks. According to the report, 64% believe they’ve likely had either a direct or indirect breach due to misused or abused employee access in the last 12 months, and 62% believe they’ve had a breach due to compromised vendor access.

Poor security hygiene by employees continues to be a challenge for most organizations. Writing down passwords, for example, was cited as a problem by 60% of organizations, while colleagues telling each other passwords was also an issue for 58% of organizations, a steady increase from 2018’s statistics. The report also highlighted regional differences, with only 28% of Middle East businesses expressing worries about employees downloading data onto a memory stick, while 42% see this as an issue in APAC. Ultimately, 71% of organizations agree that they would be more secure if they restricted employee device access. However, this isn’t usually realistic, let alone conducive to productivity. Read more..