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Recruiters risk jobs with cybersecurity blunders

Three quarters of recruiters believe they are at risk of getting fired if their laptop or mobile phone is compromised – yet many are still not taking basic cybersecurity measures while working from home.

A new study reveals that the security and cybersecurity practices of those working in recruitment should be making their employers very nervous. A staggering 51% of employees in the recruitment sector do not think about the security impact of working from home and 42% admit they have not considered the implications of a breach on their work and job security, according to a poll of just over 1,000 UK recruiters by security website

On a more positive note, only 24% of recruitment workers surveyed are worried about their overall job security currently given that demand for their services is likely to increase due to job market recovery this year.

However, given the unquestionable immediate impact of higher unemployment due to the ongoing pandemic, the results of the research show that the lack of security and cybersecurity acumen within the recruitment sector could be causing additional employment vulnerabilities.

Recruiters are risking an average loss of £2,100 in company-owned hardware and unnamed sums in company data by not taking simple measures while they work from home.

The top ways recruiters are leaving themselves vulnerable to a security or cybersecurity breach are:

  • > not working on secured servers, databases or cloud systems, such as Google Docs (41%)
  • > leaving their working devices in plain view of windows (37%)
  • > leaving working devices, e.g. laptops, phones and tablet, without password protection (35%), and
  • > not using a password-protected wi-fi while working from home (23%).

A surprising one in four (26%) recruiters admitted to breaking confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) by talking about their work with friends and family.

David Janssen, Security Researcher and Founder at, comments: “It’s worrying to see how many workers in the recruitment sector aren’t taking into consideration their security and cybersecurity, even after almost a year of working from home. Dealing with so many contact details on a daily basis, a security breach for anyone in this industry could lead to some catastrophic results.

“With home working unlikely to end any time soon, and a lot of businesses committing to a hybrid working system when offices can reopen, ensuring these security systems are in place is vital for workers and businesses alike. Businesses and employees need to work together to ensure they are taking the necessary precautions to keep their work devices protected from attacks – by using passwords, secured servers and VPN networks – to make sure jobs are not unintentionally being put at risk.”

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