Asked whether they would consider selling their company secrets to a stranger, more than a third of the commuters (37%) said they would hand over the information -- if the price was right.
For 63% of that group, the price would need to be a million pounds, but others were more easily bribed. Ten percent of them would do it if their mortgage was paid off; 5% would do it for a paid holiday; 4% for clearing their credit card debt; and 5% for a new job. In 2% of cases, the promise of a slap-up meal would be enough to persuade them to hand over confidential information.
The survey found that employee loyalty has changed, too, with a third saying they felt a lot less loyalty to their employers than a year ago. But 5% maintained they were more loyal because they had job security.
The commuters, who were interviewed last week at a number of central London railway stations, claimed to have access to a variety of important information in their jobs, including customer databases (83%); business plans (72%); accounting systems (53%); human resources databases (51%); and IT administration passwords (37%).
The survey was carried out on behalf of Infosecurity Europe, which takes place in Earl's Court, London next week, April 28 to 30.
Visitors can pre-register for the conference online to avoid the onsite booking fee of £20.