Employees are 85 percent more likely today to leak files than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research released Thursday by Code42.

Joe Payne, Code42’s president and CEO, said the vast majority of that 85 percent are malicious insiders and the rest are caused by employee carelessness.

“By malicious insiders we are not talking about terrible people who are criminals,” Payne said. “More often than not it’s the coder who wrote some software and takes it to the next job, or a person who takes a customer list. On the careless side, people are using DropBox for their kids’ soccer team and then they decide to use it for their sales team, but the tool is not approved by corporate IT.”

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