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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : March 23, 2016


27% of U.S. office workers would sell their workplace password

More than a quarter of office workers in large companies in the U.S. would sell their work password to someone outside the firm, according to a recent survey sponsored by SailPoint Technologies, and they wouldn't ask a king's ransom for it.

by Helen Leggatt

Twenty-seven percent of U.S. office workers would sell their work password, found the survey conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of SailPoint Technologies, far more than the global average of 20%.

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Furthermore, just over half (56%) of those willing to sell their password would do so for over $1,000 - hardly a large amount - and some would do so for as little as $100. According to Juliette Rizkallah, CMO at SailPoint Technologies, last year's minimum was $150.

However, the more crafty employees said that once they had sold their workplace password they would immediately change it.

The survey also revealed additional worrying stats. For example, almost two-thirds of employees admit to using the same password in multiple locations and a third (32%) share their password with fellow workers. And, the security problems don't end when a worker leave a job with 42% saying that they could continue to access their old company's accounts and data after leaving.

"This year's Market Pulse Survey shines a light on the significant disconnect between how employees view their personal information and that of their employer, which could also include personal information of customers," said Kevin Cunningham, president and founder of SailPoint. "Today's identity governance solutions can alleviate the challenge of remembering several passwords and automate IT controls and security policies, but it's imperative that employees understand the implications of how they adhere to those policies. It only takes one entry point out of hundreds of millions in a single enterprise for a hacker to gain access and cause a lot of damage."

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