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One in five employees would sell passwords to an outsider

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One in five employees would sell his private passwords to a third-party organization and 44% would do so for less than $1,000, while some would sell their corporate credentials for less than $100, a recent survey shows.

Some 27% of US respondents would sell work-related passwords, followed by Germany (20%), the UK and France (16%) and the Netherlands and Australia (12%).

Most respondents who would sell their passwords for less than $1,000 originate from the UK, France (over 50%), while employees from Germany, Australia, the US, and the Netherlands scoring lower (less than 50%).

According to last year’s survey, one in seven respondents was willing to sell passwords to a third-party for $150. Some 20% shared passwords with their co-workers, and 56% shared passwords among applications.

One in four companies affected by data loss in the past year blame an employee accident. To reduce the risks of data loss and breaches, here is a useful guide of the top three measures organizations should have in mind to mitigate human risks.

Internal threats came second on a list of top threat vectors found by security professionals, according to HOTforSecurity. Moreover, some 42% of IT managers said they were unable to identify the source of security breaches, while 32% of those who admitted having experienced a breach can’t say how often they were breached, making identification of suspect employees difficult.

SailPoint surveyed 1,000 office workers at private organizations with at least 1,000 employees across Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Răzvan MUREȘAN

Former business journalist, Razvan is passionate about supporting SMEs into building communities and exchanging knowledge on entrepreneurship. He enjoys having innovative approaches on hot topics and thinks that the massive amount of information that attacks us on a daily basis via TV and internet makes us less informed than we even think. The lack of relevance is the main issue in nowadays environment so he plans to emphasize real news on hotforsecurity.com

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