Cybersecurity sackings | Legal expert says 'prevention is better than cure'

Legal expert says 'prevention is better than cure'

With many organisations relying on digital infrastructure to allow staff to work from home, a legal expert has warned that ‘prevention is better than cure’ when it comes to cybersecurity.

This news comes as recent data from Centrify has discovered that 39% of UK business decision-makers have admitted to dismissing staff members due to a breach of company cybersecurity policy since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jane Fielding, Employment Partner at Gowling WLG told HR Grapevine that, now more so than ever before, employers are relying on digital systems to allow staff to continue to work from home.

“This brings with it increased risk of systems being compromised, whether accidentally or deliberately. As ever, prevention is better than cure, so firms need to make sure that staff are aware of the increased risks, trained adequately to minimise accidental data breaches and have timely support in place to help them with systems issues,” she added.

Elsewhere, Centrify's survey of 200 UK business decision-makers, which was conducted by independent polling agency Censuswide, also revealed that almost two-thirds of companies have made substantial changes to their cybersecurity policy in response to COVID-19 and 100% remote working.

Despite this, a shocking 58% agreed that employees are more likely to try and circumvent company security practices when working from home. More than 55% of businesses already have, or plan to formally ban staff from using personal devices to work from home as a result.

“To deal with the potential impact of deliberate sabotage by employees (perhaps unhappy with their employer's handling of the downturn), businesses also need to make sure they have effective monitoring in place to pick up potential breaches and to step in quickly if there is a breach. These should be a top priority for firms that deal with high levels of sensitive data,” concluded Fielding.

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