Magazine article Information Management

Survey: Departing Employees Take Sensitive Data

Magazine article Information Management

Survey: Departing Employees Take Sensitive Data

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More than one in four employees take and/or share sensitive company data when leaving a job, according to a recent survey from secure communications solutions provider Biscom.

Technology decision-makers take heed: Survey findings show that the technology a company implements plays a major role in an employee's' decision to take company data. For example, tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, and e-mail make it effortless to take files.

The survey also found:

* 15% of respondents said they are more likely to take company data if they are fired or laid off than if they leave on their own.

* Of those who take company data, 85% report they take material they have created themselves and don't feel doing so is wrong.

* Only 25% of respondents report taking data they did not create.

* About 95% of respondents said that taking data they did not create was possible because their company either did not have policies or technology in place to prevent data stealing or it ignored its policies. …

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