Security Slideshow: IT Snooping on the Rise

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 06-10-2009

IT Snooping on the Rise

A survey of over 400 IT pros by data-security firm Cyber-Ark indicates that tech workers have broad access to confidential data, and that they are using that access more now than before.

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74% can access confidential information that is not pertinent to their jobs

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35% say they sometimes access information such as co-workers' salaries or minutes from meetings.

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33% of IT pros said they accessed such information in last year's survey.

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Most frequently-accessed information:

Human Resources records

Customer data

Mergers and Acquisition plans

Layoff plans

Marketing information

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An increasing number of IT pros say they would take information if the lost they jobs.

Compared with last year, six times as many said they would purloin financial or M&A data, and four times as many said they would copy passwords and R&D information.

The survey found a six-fold increase in staff who would take financial reports or merger and acquisition plans, and a four-fold increase in those who would take CEO passwords and research and development plans.

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