Security Pros Are Not Keen on Using Public Wi-Fi Networks

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Almost half of security professionals said they would rather walk barefoot in a public restroom than to connect their devices to an unsecured public Wi-Fi network, this according to a survey from cyber security company Lastline released on Thursday.

Among the 136 security professionals surveyed in this year's RSA conference, 45 percent of them said they are not confident to connect to public Wi-Fi networks. TechRepublic says this is due to the fact that security to such connections is difficult to ensure and maintain.

The RSA Conference survey aims to determine cybersecurity concerns of security professionals surrounding public Wi-Fi connections.

TechRepublic states that while worries about public Wi-Fi networks are news to anyone, it does saw an increase of concerns as more people begin working on the go. It adds that the companies are faced with a huge security threat due to the increase of remote workers—most of whom rely on public networks at coffee shops, libraries, and public workspaces. Even high-level executives that constantly travel for business conferences are open to such risks as they access work while in transit.

Seeing that connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous, security professionals usually practice certain habits to ensure security in some ways.

According to the Lastline report, almost 70 percent of the respondents said they cover their laptop webcams when working and 44 percent said they regularly activate a two-factor security authentication on all of their devices. Moreover, the survey also found that cybersecurity is a major issue for IT pros. This is evident in the 92 percent of respondents who cited cybersecurity as a bigger threat compared to the border security of the United States. The report said the respondents have a low level of trust in the administration to put nationwide cybersecurity at their priority list.

"This survey surfaced many of the fears that we all suspected were out there. The threats to our information assets and privacy are more profound than ever and the situation is getting worse, not better," Lastline CEO John DiLullo said.