Suspicious emails and hackers accessing webcams are the top security concerns for those working from home, according to a survey carried out by Auxilion, a Dublin-headquartered provider of digital, cloud and IT services.

The research also found that one in ten workers would not immediately tell their employer if they realised the device they were working on had been compromised with malware or ransomware.

The survey, which was conducted by Censuswide, was carried out among 500 office workers in Ireland.

On a positive note, it revealed that 82% of respondents are confident in their ability to detect phishing emails.

However, 30% of workers admitted to clicking on a link or attachment in an email from a sender they did not recognise.

Over half of respondents said they are suspicious of sharing information on video calling platforms, while 21% are worried about using personal devices for work purposes.

Despite this, almost a quarter of office workers revealed that they use their employer’s business video communications accounts to socialise with family and friends.

The research also revealed that a quarter of respondents admitted that they use the same passwords for work as they do for personal accounts or devices.

Donal Sullivan, Auxilion CTO

Donal Sullivan, CTO of Auxilion, said there are inherent security risks associated with email communications.

"It is evident that not only are Irish office workers concerned, they are vulnerable to cyber threats," he said.

"In fact, our research shows that both employees and organisations need to raise the game when it comes to security, control and governance." he added.

Mr Sullivan said business leaders need to make sure they have the right tools and processes in place which can enable people to do their jobs whilst safeguarding data and systems.

"This includes adequate training and awareness as well, coupled with an openness to flag issues and be transparent if a breach occurs.

"Failing to take these steps could prove very costly, both financially and reputationally," he cautioned.