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Employees are taking data to get the corporate edge

Created: 25 Nov 2009 • Updated: 25 Nov 2009
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The recession is creating camaraderie amongst workforces, at the expense of their employers, is the finding of a transatlantic survey. Carried out amongst 600 office workers in Canary Wharf London and Wall Street New York, 41% of workers have already taken sensitive data with them to their new position, whilst a third would pass on company information if it proved useful in getting friends or family a job.

From an article on a security website, it states more and more employees are stealing data when they leave their current employer; A couple of interesting stats from the article.

  85% of people admit they know it’s illegal to download corporate data.

  57% of people say it is easier to take sensitive data this year, up 29% from last year

  Top of the list is customer and contact details

During this current recession people are doing whatever they can to have an edge, especially in a new job. If I take my current customer list to me new job, then I will instantly have a leg up.


As an employer you need to protect your data, do you even know where your data is; Using a tool like Symantec’s DLP you can find that information, track that information and prevent it from leaving your network.