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SailPoint Survey: 1 in 4 Employees Will Share Sensitive Information Outside the Company

Market Pulse Survey Reveals Growing Security Negligence in the Workplace Despite Employees’ Concern Over Risk to Personal Data

AUSTIN, March 21, 2016 – According to SailPoint’s annual Market Pulse Survey, a surprising disconnect exists between employees’ growing concern over the security of their personal information and their attitudes toward data security practices in the workplace. The survey found that 85% of employees would react negatively if their personal information was breached by a company. Yet these same employees are exposing their employers to the same data breaches through negligence and poor password hygiene. Additionally, the survey highlights an ongoing challenge for IT and security professionals: 26% of employees admitted to uploading sensitive information to cloud apps with the specific intent to share that data outside the company.

SailPoint’s Market Pulse Survey is a global survey designed to measure employee attitudes toward protecting corporate digital assets. The company commissioned independent research firm Vanson Bourne to interview 1,000 office workers at large organizations (with at least 1,000 employees) across the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Australia. The report looks at how employees view their individual role in IT security processes, and what (if any) improvements are being made by organizations to adapt to the new business realities.

Key findings from SailPoint’s 2016 Market Pulse Survey include:

  • Poor password hygiene continues to plague enterprises. The majority of respondents (65%) admitted to using a single password among applications, and one-third share passwords with their co-workers.
  • Employees don’t assume responsibility for protecting the integrity of corporate security processes. One in five employees would sell their passwords to an outsider. Of those who would sell their passwords, 44% would do so for less than $1,000. This is up from one in seven who would sell a password a year ago, according to the report.
  • Organizations are struggling to keep up. One in three employees admitted to purchasing a SaaS application without IT’s knowledge (a 55% increase from last year’s report). Alarmingly, more than 40% of respondents reported having access to a variety of corporate accounts after leaving their last job.

“This year’s Market Pulse Survey shines a light on the significant disconnect between how employees view their personal information and that of their employer, which could also include personal information of customers,” said Kevin Cunningham, president and founder of SailPoint. “Today’s identity governance solutions can alleviate the challenge of remembering several passwords and automate IT controls and security policies, but it’s imperative that employees understand the implications of how they adhere to those policies. It only takes one entry point out of hundreds of millions in a single enterprise for a hacker to gain access and cause a lot of damage.”

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The complete results of the 2016 Market Pulse Survey, please visit https://www.sailpoint.com/MarketPulseSurvey

About SailPoint
As the fastest-growing, independent identity and access management (IAM) provider, SailPoint helps hundreds of global organizations securely and effectively deliver and manage user access from any device to data and applications residing in the datacenter, on mobile devices, and in the cloud. The company’s innovative product portfolio offers customers an integrated set of core services including identity governance, provisioning, and access management delivered on-premises or from the cloud (IAM-as-a-service).