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Would your staff sell your company data for £1,000?


insider threat IT securityThe rise of insider threats: Over half of UK employees admit to stealing corporate data

A new report released by UK cybersecurity firm Deep Secure revealed that 45% of office workers surveyed would sell their company’s corporate information. Moreover, in some cases workers would require very little motivation to disclose sensitive data. 25% of employees suggested they would consider selling data for as little as £1,000. A shocking 5% would even give it away for free.

In addition, 59% of staff admitted taking company information from a corporate network or device, while 47% admitted supplying company data to a third party.


Methods to extract data
  • Digital; email, uploading to cloud services and copying to external storage (11%)
  • Printing information (11%)
  • Handwriting copying information (9%)
  • Photographing information (8%)
  • Using steganography or encryption tools to hide exfiltration (8%)
Type of Information Taken
  • Personal Work (19%)
  • Sales Pipeline Details (15%)
  • Customer Information (11%)
  • Company Assets i.e. passwords to subscription services, company benefits (7%)
The Motivation for staff taking Information?
  • Value for their future career success in their next role (12%)
  • To keep a record of their work (12%)
  • Benefit their career (10%)
  • Financial, specifically paid to do so by an outside third party (8.5%)


How to secure your systems from insider threats

The cost of employee loyalty is staggeringly low and therefore businesses need to establish strong security measures. As companies face a constant battle to protect information from external threats, insider threats can easily be forgotten.

We recommend a layered approach to securing your systems, which covers insider threats. Strategies to consider include:

  • Protecting business critical information using encryption tools
  • Managing employee accounts and privileges
  • Implementing a policy for personal devices
  • Conducting proactive network monitoring
  • Providing regular training

For more tips to secure your systems, read our Practical Approach to IT Security.


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