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Aug
20

Federal workers’ personal devices pose security risk

From: USA Today

Erin Kelly

ASHINGTON – Half of federal employees access government email and documents from their personal smartphones and mobile devices, creating potential cybersecurity risks for agencies already under siege from hackers, a new study found.

In a survey of 1,000 workers from 20 civilian, intelligence and military agencies, 60% of employees said they are aware of some of the risks of using their personal devices for work, but 85% of those respondents said they do it anyway. The study was commissioned by Lookout, Inc., a cybersecurity company. About 40% of employees who work at agencies that prohibit the use of personal smartphones for work said the rules have little to no impact on their behavior.

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