Widespread Employee Snooping Threatens Companies
Employees who snoop through the company network, especially IT executives with seniority, are putting their companies at risk.
92% of respondents reported that employees try to access information they do not need for their day-to-day work.
23% of respondents said employees frequently attempt to access information that is irrelevant to their daily job functions.
66% of IT professionals said that they have sought out or accessed company information they did not need.
36% of IT pros admitted to looking for or accessing sensitive information about their company’s performance that is not necessary for them to do their jobs.
71% of IT security executives admitted to seeking extraneous information, compared to 56% of non-manager-level IT security team members.
49% of executives admitted to snooping for sensitive company performance information, compared to 17% of non-manager team members.
38% of respondents at companies with 500 to 2,000 employees looked for or accessed sensitive performance data.
29% of professionals at companies with over 5,000 employees admitted to looking for or accessing sensitive performance data.
44% of respondents at high-tech companies searched for sensitive company performance information.
36% of respondents in financial services, 31% in manufacturing, and 21% in health care have searched for sensitive company performance information.
Role-based access control and strict governance of rights and permissions can help prevent employees from accessing confidential or sensitive information.
Leverage identity intelligence and effective privilege access management to identify who has elevated rights and easily put controls around unauthorized access behavior.