Nervous staff trawl corporate networks for sensitive data as job losses loom

Nervous office workers are trawling company networks for sensitive data as job losses loom.

A survey of 600 workers in New York, London and Amsterdam...

Nervous office workers are trawling company networks for sensitive data as job losses loom.

A survey of 600 workers in New York, London and Amsterdam by data security firm Cyber-Ark found that a third of workers would be willing to double their hours for free, and a third would take a salary cut to keep their job.

However, the desperation to keep jobs is also being matched by the attempts to garner sensitive information usually out of bounds.

The survey found that 56% of workers admitted to being worried about losing their jobs. Alarmingly, in preparation, more than half have already downloaded competitive corporate data and plan to use the information as a negotiating tool to secure their next post.

Overall, 71% surveyed declared they would definitely take company data with them to their next employer. Top of the list of desirable information is the customer and contact databases, with plans and proposals, product information, and access/password codes all proving popular choices.

HR records and legal documents were the least most-favoured data that employees were interested in taking.

Rumours about lay-offs would send 46% of the workers scurrying about trying to obtain the "lay off" list. Half said they would try using their access rights to snoop around the network and, if this failed, they would consider bribing a "mate" in the IT department to do it for them.

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