“As cyber threats, like ransomware, get more sophisticated, the number of victims and methods of attacks will only increase,” said Morgan Wright, cyber security expert and senior fellow at The Center for Digital Government. “Businesses not only have a corporate responsibility to educate their users of the risks associated with connecting to public Wi-Fi, but also to give them the necessary tools to avoid attacks.”
The study reveals the growing disparity between the increased use of public Wi-Fi and the lack of precaution taken against security threats when connecting.
Key findings include:
- 48 percent of Wi-Fi users connect to public Wi-Fi at least three times per week; 31 percent connect to public Wi-Fi every day.
- 91 percent of Wi-Fi users do not believe public Wi-Fi is secure, yet 89 percent use it anyway.
- When on public Wi-Fi, 83 percent of Wi-Fi users access their email, whether it’s for work or personal reasons, and 43 percent access work/job specific information.
- Nearly half (46 percent) of Wi-Fi users say their company has not offered cyber security training in the past year.
- Nearly 30 percent of respondents are not aware of ransomware as a threat, despite it being identified as one of the most pervasive cyber threats.
(Infographic Source: Xirrus via Marketwired)