Most workers prepared to steal company data

Posted by Emma Woollacott

'Perfidious Albion' is about right: a new survey from security company Imperva has discovered that more than two thirds of Brits plan to filch corporate data from their workplace when they leave.

The survey of 1,000 people found that some 27 percent planned to take intellectual property, and 17 percent had their eye on customer records.

But, hey, they figured this was all perfectly above board, as 59 percent of those about to change jobs reckoned they owned the data personally anyway.

"This survey refutes the conventional wisdom that insiders are corporate spies or revenge-seeking employees," explains Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman, hastily hiding a stolen ballpoint in a drawer.

"It seems most employees have no deliberate intention to cause the company any damage. Rather, this survey indicates that most individuals leaving their jobs suddenly believe that they had rightful ownership to that data just by virtue of their corporate tenure."

The vast majority of corporate employees - 85 percent - say they carry corporate data on their home PCs or mobile devices. Three quarters admit to having customer records, and 27 percent intellectual property.

And, one has to say, British employers don't seem too fussed: enterprises have 'practically no controls in place' to prevent unauthorized access, says Imperva.

More than half the survey respondents said they'd accessed data outside their explicit role permissions - but a bit of curiosity is natural, surely. And nearly three quarters said that any existing access control mechanisms were easy to bypass.

Oh, well, it shows initiative.