19000 plus Amazon employees tested COVID-19 positive since March - Since the beginning of March, 19,816 workers at Amazon and the US supermarket chain Whole Foods have tested positive for COVID-19, the company revealed on Thursday in a statement, in which it explained that it has analyzed data from its 1,372,000 front-line employees from March 1 to September 19.
According to Amazon, the rate of positives among its workers is 42% lower than that of the general population with the same geographical and age circumstances - according to data from Johns Hopkins University -. Under their accounts, if they had had the same proportion of positives as the general population, 33,592 workers would have been infected.
Jeff Bezos says his calculations are "conservative" as they have included both confirmed and suspected cases, although his study has not been verified by independent experts.
From the company's point of view, its measures of social distancing, paid layoffs, mandatory tests among other decisions, have caused its employees to be "at a very low risk of transmission at work"
However, the opinion of its workers is different. Employees of both Amazon and Whole Foods have staged strikes with workers from other U.S. companies such as Walmart or FedEx, one employee went on to sue the company against the New York Human Rights Commissioner for being fired after participating in one of the protests, and three others sued the company for taking lax measures that did not stop it from spreading.
19000 plus Amazon employees tested COVID-19 positive
Amazon has a long history of workers who have sounded the alarm over safety at their workplaces, picked up this week in a Reveal report on how the company concealed injury rates among its workers. The company has also been accused of firing critical workers, monitoring their private conversations on social media, and using technologies to track workers who were organizing to demand better conditions.
In Spain, the Ministry of Labour even asked Amazon to take action against health insecurity due to the pandemic at its MAD4 Logistics Center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid). The chief executive of Amazon in Spain, Mariangela Marseglia, went on to assure this has been the "most difficult and challenging" crisis of her career, in an interview.
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Trust is also a risk: study reveals remote workers tend to overestimate their cybersecurity knowledge
Employees who have moved to work from home are one of the juiciest targets for cybercriminals since the pandemic began. A recent Stanford research revealed that stress and haste to adapt to telework has led to many misgivings that have led to cyberattacks and computer incidents.
But the problem also exists in the diametrically opposite position. A self-confident worker can be just as dangerous to a company as an employee burdened by circumstances.
This is what emerges from an analysis prepared by the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky in collaboration with a training firm for workers, Area9.
Both companies launched last spring a learning course for workers "on the basic principles of operating remotely safely," the cybersecurity company details in a statement sent to the media. "The analysis of the anonymised results of the training has revealed that people working remotely tend to overestimate the level of their basic cybersecurity skills."
To be able to affirm that, Kaspersky and Area9 asked in the course a question about cybersecurity in telework and then another question for respondents to assess the certainty of their answer. "With this method, it was found that in 90% of the cases where students selected an incorrect answer; they selected 'I know' or 'I think I know' when asked how sure they were."
The questions that caused the most errors on the part of the workers who took the course were related to the benefit of using VPNs, installing updates or the reasons why corporate technology resources should be used instead of personal devices to access the company's systems. In these questions, between 50% and 60% of workers did not respond adequately.
But also, between 88% and 92% of respondents who answered incorrectly thought they were doing it properly.
This trust is a risk for companies, as explained by the director of Kaspersky Academy, the awareness division of this cybersecurity firm. Denis Barinov says that " if employees do not perceive any risk in dangerous actions —- such as storing confidential documents on a personal computer— "they will hardly seek advice from it or computer security departments."
"This makes it difficult to change these behaviors, because people have an established habit and may not know the associated risks," she says.