Almost half of IT workers admit to snooping in confidential files

by Editor 6/24/2008 3:32:00 PM

A recent research by software firm Cyber-Ark has revealed that almost half of all IT workers periodically snoop around networks to gain access to their companies' confidential files. 

"When it comes down to it, IT has essentially enabled snooping to happen. It's easy -- all you need is access to the right passwords or privileged accounts and you're privy to everything that's going on within your company," said Mark Fullbrook, Cyber-Ark's U.K. director. 

30 percent of the respondents said that privileged passwords were only changed once every quarter, while nine percent said that the passwords were never changed, which granted access to confidential information even to people who had left the company a while ago. 

"As we have seen many use their privileged passwords without having to seek authorization, and if the price is right, what's stopping them from choosing to trade information to the highest bidder," Fullbrook wondered. "Companies need to wake up to the fact that if they don't introduce layers of security and tighten up who has access to vital information by managing and controlling privileged passwords, snooping, sabotage and hacking will continue." 

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