Working professionals are blaming stress, time pressure, fatigue and distractions for lapses in safe cyber practices – and current conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may only be exacerbating the problem.

According to a newly published research report from Tessian, a survey of 2,000 working professionals in the U.S. and UK found that 43 percent said they were "pretty" or "very" certain that they made a mistake at work that resulted in security repercussions. More than half of the survey-takers – 52 percent – said that they make more mistakes when stressed, while 43 and 41 percent said that mistakes are more likely when they are fatigued or distracted, respectively.

Consequently, companies need to be more observant of employees’ needs, workloads and stress levels, and the impact that such stress causes, said experts. They also may wish to invest in more security training and threat detection solutions that cut down on human error.

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