IT Is Roaming Free, But Should It Be?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 09-21-2012

No Title - Page 1

A surprising 39 percent of IT staff say that they can obtain unauthorized access to sensitive internal information, including "the CEO's private documents," Lieberman Software found in its survey of over 450 IT professionals.

No Title - Page 1

No Title - Page 2

It gets worse, CIOs: a whopping 20 percent of IT professionals say that they have accessed data they shouldn't have with the access they've been granted.

No Title - Page 2

No Title - Page 3

According to Lieberman Software, 68 percent of the IT professionals surveyed said that they believe they have more access to sensitive information than anyone else at the company, including the executive team.

No Title - Page 3

No Title - Page 4

So, what might be done? Surely, some CIOs would consider firing those folks who illegally accessed information. In other cases, eliminating access to sensitive files might be necessary. But…

No Title - Page 4

No Title - Page 5

A surprisingly large number of professionals - 11 percent - said that they would actively seek out sensitive information and potentially steal it for their own benefit if they thought their job were at risk.

No Title - Page 5

No Title - Page 6

It gets worse: 11 percent of respondents said that they would definitely steal sensitive information if they were laid off.

No Title - Page 6

No Title - Page 7

Worried yet? About one-third of the respondents boasted that management has no idea how to stop them from taking the information.

No Title - Page 7

No Title - Page 8

For CIOs, there's an obvious problem. On one hand, allowing IT access to certain files is important. On another, it can lead to problems, as evidenced above.

No Title - Page 8

No Title - Page 9

So, what's the solution? According to Lieberman, it might mean meeting with the CEO and discussing ways in which your IT staff can be limited in what they can access, while still ensuring proper access to necessary software and services.

No Title - Page 9