Employees in recession are eyeing your top secrets

Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:06pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Almost half the financial sector workers in London and New York say they would take sensitive company information with them if they were fired, according to a new transatlantic survey.

The poll of 600 office workers in Canary Wharf in London and Wall Street in New York by management specialists Cyber-Ark revealed that 41 percent of respondents had taken sensitive data with them to their new position

A third also said they would pass on company information if it proved useful in getting friends or family a job.

Nearly 50 percent said that if they were fired tomorrow they would take company information with them, and 39 percent would download company/competitive information if they got wind that their job was at risk.

And a quarter of workers said that the recession has meant that they feel less loyal toward their employer.

"While we are seeing glimmers of hope in the UK and US economy, clearly employee confidence has been rocked," UK Director of Cyber-Ark Mark Fullbrook said in a statement.

"This survey shows that many workers are willing to do practically anything to ensure job security or make themselves more marketable - including committing a crime."

Top of the hit list for data thieves was customer and contact details at 29 percent, followed by plans and proposals at 18 percent and product information at 11 percent.

Thirteen percent who said they would pilfer data would also take password codes to continue getting into the network after they've left the company.   Continued...