Research reveals recruiters most likely to think keeping company data would be “easy” as firms rely on goodwill of employees

Research from IT services company Atlas Cloud has revealed that two-thirds (63%) of recruitment consultants think it would be easy to take data from their employers when moving jobs.

The global survey of 1,000 recruitment consultants, that initially debuted in The Global Recruiter magazine, revealed that consultants are the most likely to think taking candidate or client data with them when moving jobs would be either “easy” (30%) or “very easy” (33%).

It comes after separate research by Atlas Cloud last month, in collaboration with APSCo, revealed the vast majority of UK-based recruitment agencies had major vulnerabilities regarding their cyber security. More than three-quarters (76%) had stolen passwords and a huge 97% had webserver issues, amongst other findings.

Both studies suggest managers in the industry are either dramatically il-informed on cyber security issues or, worse, relying on the goodwill of others not to be targeted, as major flaws are revealed.

Pete Watson, CEO of Atlas Cloud, said these studies showed why recruitment agencies urgently need to put steps in place to protect their assets.

“You don’t need to be a cyber security expert to be able to manage an organisation’s level of risk. But what you do need is a level of reporting on cyber that allows you to make pragmatic decisions on it.

“What’s clear from the data here is that the majority in recruitment don’t have the required reporting. Some of the vulnerabilities we’ve unearthed across these two studies are so easy to fix, you’d never accept them as a risks.”

Pete Watson – CEO, Atlas Cloud

The research has been undertaken to mark Atlas Cloud’s new status as Trusted Partner with APSCo – the unified voice of the recruitment market.

To celebrate, Atlas Cloud are offering leaders within APSCo member organisations to access a one-off, personalised report containing cyber security findings about their organisation, from data taken across the research.

Contact the team at Atlas Cloud to learn more.

Commenting on the original findings, with words that hold true across both studies, APSCo Global CEO Ann Swain, said:

“We thank Atlas Cloud for highlighting this information about our members. It’s not easy reading but thankfully the answers are there in black-and-white; a small focus on these essential cyber vulnerabilities will bolster your business for years to come.

“The sad truth with this is you’d only know about it when it’s too late so, with cyber, it really does pay to be proactive. We even took our business through the process directly with Atlas Cloud so we could have full confidence we’re handling membership information in the correct way.”

Ann Swain – Global CEO, APSCo

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