When they leave their jobs, the majority of employees in the UK said they plan on extracting their employer’s business information and taking it with them, a survey has revealed.
According to security company Imperva, 72% of workers are intending to take corporate data once they have finished their employment.
Removing information would be conducted by most people through the use of a mobile device, while almost a quarter of people plan to use USB memory sticks, and 23% intend to transfer the information on to laptops.
Out of those questioned, 26% plan on taking away information on customers, while a similar number of people are set to steal human resources data.
But over half of people did not think they would be doing anything wrong, with 59% of respondents believing that the records were their property.
Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, said: “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.”
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Copyright Press Association 2011