New research by Clearswift as found that for the right price, 35 per cent of employees would hand over information on company patents, financial records and customer credit card details.
Clearswift polled 4,000 employees in the UK, Germany, USA and Australia, and found that for £5,000 – the price of a family Caribbean holiday – 25 per cent would sell such data and risk both their job and criminal convictions.
3 per cent of employees would sell private information for as little as £100, rising to 18 per cent who would accept an offer of £1,000. The number of employees open to bribes increases to 35 per cent as the offer reaches £50,000.
“Whilst people are generally taking security more seriously – 65% of employees said they wouldn’t sell data for any price – there is still a significant group of people who are willing to profit from selling something that doesn’t belong to them. This information can be worth millions of pounds,” said Heath Davies, chief executive at Clearswift.
“A case in point of the true value of data is the recent Ashley Madison hack, where user data has been accessed by a member of their extended enterprise (part of their technical services) according to the site’s CEO; the effects of which have been monumental. The site announced earlier this year that it hoped to raise £130 million in an initial public offering in London this year and it may have lost out on this opportunity reducing the value of its entire business.
“The attack may have burned a hole in its prospects and has already had a ripple effect on its sister sites Cougar Life and Established Men. As such it is important for companies to understand the risk and address it appropriately – this research can help them do that.”
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