IT workers would steal data in the event of a redundancy threat

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Twenty-five per cent of IT workers would be prepared to take a salary cut or steal data if it meant keeping their jobs.

Twenty-five per cent of IT workers would be prepared to take a salary cut or steal data if it meant keeping their jobs.


According to research by Cyber-Ark, more than one third of the 600 office workers (from New York's Wall Street, London's Canary Wharf and Amsterdam) confirmed they would be willing to work 80 hours a week to safeguard their jobs.


On top of this, workers are apparently using their IT privilege access rights to download information to take with them if they got the push. Almost half of respondents claimed that they would try to obtain the redundancy list if the threat was made on their company, and if this failed, they would consider bribing a ‘mate' in the IT department to do it for them.


When confronted with the prospect of being fired tomorrow and ethics going out the door, 71 per cent surveyed declared they would definitely take company data with them to their next employer. Top of the list of desirable information is the customer and contact databases; with plans and proposals, product information and access/password codes all proving popular choices.


Adam Bosnian, VP of products, strategy and sales at Cyber-Ark said: “Employers have a right to expect loyalty from their workforce, however this works both ways and in these dark days, everyone is jittery especially with lay offs at the top of most corporate agendas - the instinct is to look out for number one.


“It would be unthinkable to leave money on a desk, an obvious temptation to anyone passing, instead it is always safely locked away and its time sensitive information is given the same consideration. Our advice is only allow access to sensitive information to those that really need it, lock it away in a digital vault and encrypt the really sensitive data.


“The damage that insiders can do should not be underestimated. With a faltering economy resulting in increased jobs cuts, deferred promotions and additional stress, companies need to be especially vigilant about protecting their most sensitive data against nervous or disgruntled employees.”


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