Is Your IT Guy Reading Your Email?

They might be helpful for solving your computer woes, but watch out for those shifty information technology employees at your office–a recent survey says they may be stealing your passwords and copying your research and development plans.

In a survey of more than 400 senior IT professionals in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, Cyber-Ark Software, a Newton, Mass.-based security software company, found that 35 percent of IT administrators admitted to accessing corporate information like human resources records, customer databases and M&A plans, up from 33 percent a year ago.

Moreover, if fired, 47 percent of the staffers surveyed said that they would take company financial reports and M&A plans with them, a sixfold increase from the previous year’s survey. About 46 percent said that they would snag CEO passwords and R&D plans, a fourfold increase.

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