Firms need to have strong security systems in place because many employees would be willing to steal their companies’ data at any time, new research suggests.

A poll carried out by Cyber-Ark found that 41 per cent of respondents have unlawfully taken sensitive data from an old job to a new position.

More than half (60 per cent) of those questioned said it would be easy to steal sensitive information from their current place of work.

Furthermore, a quarter (26 per cent) of respondents said they would take company data such as business mailing lists and consumer mailing lists with them if they were fired tomorrow.

Adam Bosnian, vice-president of products and strategy at Cyber-Ark, said: “While there is no excuse for employees who are willing to compromise their ethics to save their job, much of the responsibility for protecting sensitive proprietary data falls on the employer.”

Web security specialist Paul Mutton recently warned firms that their employees could pose a threat to database security whether by accident or by design.

Posted by Matthew Collins, Technical Director – IT Data Cleaning, Hygiene, Analytics, Databases