DEPARTING EMPLOYEES TAKE SENSITIVE DATA
More than one in four employees take and/or share sensitive company data when leaving a job, according to a recent survey by a secure communications solutions provider.
Technology decision-makers take heed: Survey findings show that the technology a company implements plays a major role in an employee’s decision to take company data. For example, tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, and e-mail makes it effortless to take files.
The survey also found:
- 15% of respondents said they are more likely to take company data if they are fired or laid off than if they leave on their own
- Of those who take company data, 85% report they take material they have created themselves and don’t feel doing so is wrong
- Only 25% of respondents report taking data they did not create
- About 95% of respondents said that taking data they did not create was possible because their company either did not have policies or technology in place to prevent data stealing or it ignored its policies
The survey’s results reveal employees as a big security risk. You can use this information to properly understand how to protect your data. You can update your employee training, establish stricter company policies to prevent data theft, or obtain secure tools to store and track company data.
Although stealing data can result in significant security risks, most survey respondents reported that they didn’t view it as data theft. Despite the fact that they’re taking sensitive information, including company strategy documents, customer lists, and financial data, employees don’t consider their actions malicious or even wrong. This may be the reason why data theft is so prevalent.
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