IT Pros and Corporate Policies

Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 07:05 PM gHale

There is some good news and some bad news about IT workers about dealing with employees trying to access company information.

Forty-five percent of IT workers said they would tell the boss if a worker decided to break corporate rules or access company information that you shouldn’t on the network or Internet, according to a survey from Lieberman Software.

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That is the good news. The bad news is that means 55 percent would not.

The survey looked at the attitudes of nearly 250 IT professionals toward employee corporate security. It found almost a third admit to having more access to sensitive information than their colleagues in other departments, with the ability to look at HR, financial, customer and proprietary information without authorization.

Other findings showed that nearly 50 percent of IT professionals said they could easily gain unauthorized access to their top executive’s most private data if they wanted to, and just under 40 percent have witnessed colleagues viewing company information which they shouldn’t have access to.

“These figures highlight a fundamental issue around access to privileged accounts that is causing a significant number of companies to suffer security breaches,” said Philip Lieberman, president and chief executive at Lieberman Software.

“IT teams should only have access to sensitive areas of the corporate network when absolutely necessary,” he said. “Access to powerful privileged account credentials should be audited, available to delegated individuals for a limited time and automatically changed after each use.”

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