Poor management, distraction, social media, and excessive workloads are the top four reasons for human error in the workplace, according to a poll conducted by Centrify at the recently concluded GITEX Technology Week 2017 in Dubai.
Other parameters identified to be responsible for creating human error and in terms of importance, were lack of recognition of data security responsibilities, password sharing, mobile devices, complicated technology, excessive policies and compliance regulations, poor data security, and boredom.
Just over half 52% of the respondents believe that businesses will not be able to trust technology enough to replace employees as a means of avoiding human error in the workplace. The poll also found that 88% of the respondents feel that businesses are becoming too reliant on technology as a means of avoiding the data risks associated with human error.
Despite the potential risks to business from the large possible variety of human errors, an overwhelming majority of the respondents (83%) think it is the responsibility of the employee over technology to ensure organisations avoid potential data breaches in their workplace.
"Even with large scale advances in security and threat protection technology, the employee in the workplace remains the single weakest link in the chain and the most responsible for insider level intrusions," said Kamel Heus, regional sales manager MEA, Centrify.
"Our survey indicates that weak practices around employee management 20%, distraction 14%, social media 13%, excessive workloads 11%, are the top four reasons for human error in the workplace. Centrify is committed to securing the boundary less digital workplace as technologies transform work practices and job roles in organisations that are going to drive the digital economy of tomorrow."