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Survey Reveals The Truth About Snoopy IT Professionals

A recent survey by the security firm Cyber-Ark claims that at least one third of IT professionals at an organization access prohibited data.

Almost one third IT professionals are found to illegally sneak a peek into the administrative set-up of their organization for the purpose of gathering confidential information, including salary details, important meetings and e-mails, as reported by a recent survey.

Nearly half of the 300 IT professionals surveyed by the US information security firm Cyber-Ark, had accessed the information which is irrelevant to their role.

The study also revealed that the privileged passwords seldom gets changed which allows the ex-officials to access the desired information easily.

Only 30 percent of the IT staff admitted to changing the passwords every quarter, whereas nine percent have never changed it at all, thereby permitting the ex-IT staff to eavesdrop into the security network.

It was also found that a large chunk of the officials still use some of the outdated and insecure methods, such as e-mails, couriers and even postal service, to exchange sensitive information.

The high degree of security lax is shocking in an industry where any leak in information can cause great loss to an IT organization.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.