Nervous Techies Oppose New Security

January 28, 2002 ( - Technical workers may be more nervous in the workplace than they were before the September 11 attacks, but they're not nervous enough to agree to employer measures that may infringe on their lifestyle, a new study shows.

According to the survey (see results  ) by the job site, while the techies criticized their companies for not doing enough, they sometimes failed to protect themselves, such as by frequently changing their computer password.

According to the survey:

  • if their employer started monitoring phone conversations, 58% of employees surveyed would quit or sue,
  • if the employer introduced psychological testing, 45% would do the same,
  • background checks would prompt resistance from 36%, and
  • e-mail monitoring would make 42% unhappy conducted the survey in late 2001 of 888 US technology professionals.