The survey, carried out among 600 office workers in Canary
Wharf London and Wall Street New York finds 85% of respondents indicated they
know it’s illegal to download corporate information from their employer, but 48%
admitted that if they were fired tomorrow they would take company information
with them, and 39% would download company/competitive information if they got
wind that their job was at risk. In addition, a third said they would pass on
company information if it proved useful in getting friends or family a job.
Forty-one percent of workers confessed they have taken
company data with them to get their next job. More than half (57%) said it’s
easy to take sensitive data from their companies, compared to 29% who said so
Of those that would take competitive or sensitive
corporate data, 64% said they would do so ‘just in case’ it were to prove
useful or advantageous in the future, 27% would use it to negotiate their new
position, while 20% would use it as a tool in their new job. Most would take
customer and contact details (29%), followed by plans and proposals (18%) and
product information (11%).
Thirteen percent of savvy pilferers would take access and
password codes, saying that with this information, they can still get into the
network once they’ve left the company and continue downloading information and
accessing whatever they want or need.
The weapon of choice workers would use to steal
information remains a USB or memory stick (41%), followed by printing it out
onto paper, and e-mailing it to oneself.
Additionally, almost a third (32%) revealed that they
would do their utmost to take a peek at the list of those to be laid off at their current
employer to find out if their name was on it, choosing to bribe a friend in the
HR department first (43%), followed by using their own IT access rights to
snoop around the network (37%), and if this failed, get a friend in the IT
department to try and get the inside track (30%).