A third of workers would sell company secrets if they were offered a million pounds.

 

Research from Infosecurity Europe found that 37 per cent of London commuters would sell company details if given the option.

 

Of those who would be bribed, 63 per cent would only hand over sensitive data for at least one million pounds, 10 per cent would do it if their mortgage was paid off, five per cent would do it for a holiday, four per cent for getting rid of their credit card debt and five per cent would do it for a new job.

 

The types of information that the workers had access to included customer databases (83 per cent); business plans (72 per cent); accounting systems (53 per cent); human resources databases (51 per cent); and IT admin passwords (37 per cent).

 

Two thirds of employees believed that it is easy to sneak information out of their organisation, with 88 per cent thinking that the information that they had access to was valuable.  More than half of the workers in the survey said they were more worried about losing their jobs than they were this time a year ago.

 

Tamar Beck, group event director of Infosecurity Europe, said: “It's quite staggering that a third of people are open to bribery, although it's encouraging that 63 per cent of workers are honest and wouldn't give anything away not even for a million pounds!

 

“However, you can't count on people's honesty to protect the assets of company, it's down to an organisation to take steps to ensure their most valuable assets are locked down and protected, especially confidential customer data.

 

“Criminals are very adept at finding the vulnerable workers who can be tempted into betraying their employers, therefore, organisations should ensure that they have trained their people to protect sensitive information and have adequate technology and processes in place to help them enforce security policies that comply with current regulation and legislation.”