UK businesses are blind to the data breach risks posed by temporary staff, with over 80% of them having the same level of access to company documents as permanent staff, but without the same accountability.
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In the Information Open Access survey of over 100 temporary staff by internet security firm Websense, it was revealed that 88% of them were able to access documents from the company network drive, and that 52% had used a co-worker's e-mail account.
In addition, 81% had unlimited access to the internet from their work PC. But only 21% of temporary workers had signed any type of corporate PC or web use policy.
Websense said the lack of security would pose an even bigger threat during the christmas season, as the level of UK temporary staff would balloon from 770,000 to 900,000.