Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Insider Threat: Your Data Is For Sale

Security firm SailPoint released the results of a recent survey that shows that your corporate information may be for sale.  The SailPoint Market Pulse Survey examined the current state of employee compliance with corporate policy related to private and sensitive data.

Here's what they found:
22% of US, 29% of Australian and almost half of British (48%) employees who have access to their employer's or client's private data, and who answered the question, indicated they would feel comfortable doing something with that data, regardless if that access was intentional or accidental

10% of American, 12% of Australian and 27% of British employees with access admitted they would forward electronic files to a non-employee

9% of Americans, 8% of Australians and 24% of Britons of these same groups admitted they would copy electronic data and files to take with them when they leave a company

While only 5% of American and 4% of Australian employees with access who answered the question selected this response, an alarming 24% of British employees with access said they would feel comfortable selling data.

15% of American, 29% of British and 18% of Australian employees use their mobile devices to access their company's private Intranet or portals

Ed. Note: At those levels in Britain, I would think twice about storing more data than absolutely required in Britain if I didn't have to.

References:

http://www.sailpoint.com/news/press/press-release.php?release=89