- Despite growing concerns about cybersecurity, employees’ negligence and poor password hygiene are contributing to the majority of a company's security risks, according to a SailPoint survey released Tuesday.
- More than a quarter of surveyed employees said they uploaded sensitive information to cloud apps intending to share the information outside the company.
- Also, one in five of the surveyed employees said they would sell their passwords to someone outside the company.
The survey included 1,000 office workers at large organizations worldwide.
More than 70% of unauthorized access to data is committed by an organization's own employees, according to Gartner. However, many insider threats actually carry no malicious intent, but instead are the result of weak access controls and a lack of employee awareness.
The majority of respondents, around 65%, admitted to using a single password across applications and another 33% reported sharing passwords with their co-workers.
Though many employees exhibit risky security behavior, 85% of survey respondents said they would react negatively if their company had a data breach that revealed personal information.