When it comes to managing key data securely, organisations should be aware of the threats posed by disgruntled and easily manipulated employees as well as external hackers.
This is according to a new survey from UK security vendor Clearswift, which found that more than one in three workers (35 per cent) would surreptitiously sell their company’s confidential data if the price was right.
Some 4,000 individuals across the UK, Germany, the US and Australia were polled as part of the study, with a quarter (25 per cent) saying they would accept a bribe of just £5,000 for their employers’ intellectual property.
Moreover, 18 per cent were willing to go as low as £1,000 and three per cent put their price at £100.
Heath Davies, chief executive at Clearswift, said organisations should put safeguards in place to prevent their confidential data from being accessed, moved and manipulated by rogue employees.
“Many companies do this, but a lot of large companies with very valuable data do not,” he continued.
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