More than one third of employees (37 percent) would steal sensitive company information if they thought they could earn a decent price from the theft.
The research, commissioned by Infosecurity Europe, revealed that of those willing to steal sensitive data, 63 percent of those would expect at least £1 million for their troubles, while 10 percent would want enough to pay off their mortgage.
Infosecurity Europe polled 600 office worker commuters at railway stations in the financial district of London, asking them what it would take to tempt them to download and hand over sensitive company information to a stranger.
Respondents were asked what it would take to persuade them to download and hand over sensitive company information to a stranger.
A shocking two percent admitted all they'd want in return for data theft was a slap-up meal.
Other incentives included a holiday (five percent), paying off the credit card (four percent) or a new job (five percent).
The types of information that these workers had access to included customer databases (83 percent); business plans (72 percent); accounting systems (53 percent); human resources databases (51 percent); and IT admin passwords (37 percent).
The survey also found that 68 percent of staff believe it's easy to steal sensitive company data and 88 percent claimed the information they had access too was valuable.
"Criminals are very adept at finding the vulnerable workers who can be tempted into betraying their employers, therefore, organisations should ensure that they have trained their people to protect sensitive information and have adequate technology and processes in place to help them enforce security policies that comply with current regulation and legislation," said Tamar Beck, group event director, Infosecurity Europe.
The Infosecurity Europe conference starts tomorrow in London and runs from 28 - 30 April. The conference will feature over 300 exhibitors, as well as an opening keynote from former Home Secretary David Blunkett.
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