Toward the end of 2010, Symantec surveyed more than 3,000 workers in North America and Europe about the risks they take with information in the workplace. The results paint a troubling picture that shows employees are ignoring risks posed by being careless with company data.
Employees tend to be risk takers with 46% taking risks “when appropriate” and 21% admitting that they “like to take risks.” While 60% of workers surveyed said they were more cautious with their online behavior at work than at home, this did not prevent 54% of them from removing information from company systems without permission.
They know they shouldn’t remove corporate data from the workplace, but they do it anyways because they seem to think either that company security policies are a hindrance to their jobs or that they can get away with it as long as they’re careful. In the simplest terms, employees believe it’s okay to do the wrong thing as long as it’s for the right reasons.