insider snooping on the rise: IT security survey

More than a third of IT staff admit to abusing admin rights to snoop at confidential information including their colleagues' salary details and redundancy lists an IT survey by Cyber-Ark has found.

Seventy-four percent of IT staff said it was possible "get around" controls designed to protect sensitive data despite a sharp rise in data breaches and increased media awareness on the subject.

One in five companies admitted experiencing cases of insider sabotage or IT security fraud. Of those companies, 36 percent suspect that their competitors have received their company's highly sensitive information or intellectual property.

There was a six-fold increase on last year in the number of survey respondents who said they would capture information critical to retaining corporate advantage and security, such as financial reports or merger and acquisition (M&A) plans if they were fired. Other data that IT staff admitted they would take included: customer databases, research and development strategies and CEO passwords.

The Data security firm Cyber-Ark questioned over 400 IT staff in both the US and the UK for its 'Trust, Security and Passwords' survey.

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