Posted by: Roger Crawford
CIO, Midmarket CIO, Security, Strategy for CIOs
A survey by Infosecurity Europe has found that CIOs in the midmarket may have to start preparing for the greatest threat of all time: women and a love of chocolate. InfoSec recently polled 576 office workers in the U.K. and found that 45% of women are willing to give away their password to strangers offering chocolate, as opposed to 10% of men. On the whole, however, employees are less likely this year to Nestle (Tollhouse) up with information thieves, as the number of offenders dropped from 64% to 21%.
But still, of that 21%, the vast majority is women.
These clever social engineers — you might call them the Three Musketeers of data thievery — didn’t stop by simply offering chocolate for passwords. In order to make the breach more harming, these Baby Ruths of deception also asked office workers for names, dates of birth and telephone numbers. The payoff? The possibility of winning a trip to Paris which, surely, is worth a 100 Grand.
Clearly, these survey results are eliciting Snickers around the world today.
I’m amazed that so many women in the Milky Way were swayed by that sort of tomfoolery.
Just imagine the Butterfingers these people must have to let their passwords slip away.
Too much? I could keep going. I’ve got Mounds of material. Ha!
Maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on these password perps. Sometimes, at 3 p.m., with the end of the day drawing near, I’d sell my password for a delicious Toblerone.
So here’s the message to you, my midmarket CIOs: Be thankful these clever researchers didn’t offer male employees beer.
It’s also worth noting that someone actually paid money to conduct this survey. I’m not sure who the real suckers are.