Ex-Employees Admit to Stealing Company Data

symantecYou ex-employees are probably stealing your company’s data on their way out the door.  In a study by Symantec Corp. and Ponemon Institute, they found that 59 percent of ex-employees admit to stealing confidential company information: More Than Half of Ex-Employees Admit to Stealing Company Data According to New Study.

That employees are taking data is not surprising. That the percentage is this large may be a surprise to some of you. (It also not a surprise that Symantec also has a product to help limit this kind of data loss.) But in these economic times with many company’s downsizing, it is important to think about possible data loss.

Additional Survey Findings:

  • 53 percent of respondents downloaded information onto a CD or DVD.
  • 42 percent downloaded information onto a USB drive.
  • 38 percent sent attachments to a personal e-mail account.
  • 82 percent of respondents said their employers did not perform an audit or review of paper or electronic documents before the respondent left his/her job.
  • 24 percent of respondents had access to their employer’s computer system or network after their departure from the company.

The Ponemon Institute conducted the web-based survey in January 2009, polling nearly 1,000 adult participants located in the United States who left an employer within the past 12 months.

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