Breach, Compliance Management, Data Security, Privacy

Many U.K. workers willing to sell their company’s IP: Study

Demonstrating that financial gain can be a motivator for nefarious activity, 35 percent of employees were willing to sell their firm's intellectual property if the price was right.

While most of these people held out for a high bid, 3 percent put that price at 100 pounds, 18 percent said it would take 1,000 pounds to sway them and 29 percent required a heftier payout of 10,000 pounds, according to research by Clearswift.

Just as troubling the study found only 39 percent of U.K. employees seem to understand that leaked intellectual property could prove damaging to their companies, the study noted

Of significant concern, 44 percent of respondents to the cybersecurity company's study said they have access to that information, while 35 percent said their access includes information above their pay grade, according to a release.

Also troubling, 12 percent had lost a device that contained sensitive information.

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