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Businesses at risk from their staff

By Tony Neate on 12 Feb, 2007

New research from McAfee, the security software company, suggests that employees are putting their companies at risk by cavalier attitudes to confidential information.  The survey of 600 office workers across Europe reveals:

  • 132 million sensitive documents are being taken out of UK offices each week on portable devices.
  • 52% of European employees would take company data with them when they leave.
  • Employees are increasingly using portable devices, including memory sticks and mobile phones to remove confidential data from their businesses.
  • Employees frequently print out company financial information (83%), customer records (83%) and legal contracts (87%) but over half fail to shred them.

 Read Get Safe Online's advice for small businesses, which covers staff policies, encryption and preventing theft with portable devices.

[tags]Business, security, data theft, McAfee, employees[/tags]