Would you sell your company’s secrets to a stranger for a million pounds? That’s the question put to 600 commuters last week at busy London railway stations and a third (37%) admitted that they would give over their company’s secrets for the right price. Researchers from Infosecurity Europe asked workers what it would take to tempt them to download and hand over sensitive company information to a stranger, offering incentives ranging from a ‘slap up meal’ to offers of over ten million pounds.
Of the 37% of workers who could be corrupted 63% would only hand over sensitive data for at least one million pounds, 10% would do it if their mortgage was paid off, 5% would do it for a holiday, 4% for getting rid of their credit card debt and 5% would do it for a new job. The surprised researchers couldn’t believe their ears when 2% of the workers admitted that they would hand over their company’s crown jewels just for a free slap up meal.
The types of information that the workers had access to included customer data bases (83%); Business Plans (72%); Accounting Systems (53%); Human Resources data bases (51%); and IT Admin Passwords (37%).
Two thirds (68%) of employees think it is easy to sneak information out of their organisation and 88% of employees thought that the information that they had access to was valuable. More than half of the workers in the survey (55%) said they were more worried about losing their jobs than they were this time a year ago.
Employee loyalty has changed too with a third saying they felt a lot less loyalty to their employers than a year ago, however 5% were more loyal as they felt they had job security.
When the information asked for changed to credit card information, account details or security codes then employees became harder to tempt with 80% refusing to take the risk and wouldn’t provide this information at any price. For the 20% of employees who would pass on credit card information, account details or security codes, 68% would only do it for a million pounds, 7% if their mortgage was paid off, and 15% for paying off their credit cards.