Study finds people take confidential data when leaving a job

That contract drafted to protect company secrets may not be working as well as you thought. A recent Ponemon Institute study found about half of employees who left their job last year held onto confidential data, suggesting that all those Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) security fears are not unfounded.

To make matters worse, 56 per cent of those surveyed didn’t think using classified information and trade secrets from a previous employer was wrong. Nearly two-thirds reported seeing it unfold in their own workplace.

The majority admitted they don’t delete corporate data from any of their devices – laptops and smartphones included – upon their departure from a company.

“Chief information security officers are certainly concerned about intellectual property leaving but they are also concerned about being the unwitting recipient of confidential data that a new employee has taken from their former employer,” Robert Hamilton, director of product marketing with Symantec’s Data Loss Protection group, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications.

When it comes to BYOD, the possibility of a confidentiality breach has always been a main concern. A shocking 46 per cent of people admit to allowing others to use their work device and 33 per cent do not encrypt corporate data or files. And from the results of the latest study, it doesn’t appear many would take the proper steps to delete that sensitive information either.