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Most Employees Would Steal Company Data

A survey conducted by data security company Imperva has revealed that UK workers will gladly steal their employer's data or IP if they switch jobs or get fired.

The survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 UK employees, warned that around 72 per cent of the respondents had admitted to stealing sensitive company data.

Meanwhile, 7 in 10 workers said they would steal some kind of information from their employer if they change jobs or get fired.

The survey also found that 26 per cent of the respondents had stolen consumer data, 25 per cent had swiped human resource data and 25 per cent had lifted marketing data.

The most common methods of stealing company data were USB sticks, with 23 per cent of respondents using them to smuggle company data.

Some 23 per cent used personal laptops, 19 per cent had used other portable devices and 13 per cent had used mobile phones for stealing data.

Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, said in a statement: “It seems most employees have no deliberate intention to cause the company any damage. Rather, this survey indicates that most individuals leaving their jobs suddenly believe that they had rightful ownership to that data just by virtue of their corporate tenure.”