The Human face of Information Risk – Industry Sector

The last in our series of 5 mini blogs on the results of our recent survey into employee behaviour and how it relates to Information Risk. Does industry sector make a difference?

What sector does your organisation operate in? Are your employees more or less likely to want to act maliciously to damage your organisation? A nationwide survey into employee behaviour found, amongst other things, that there is quite a difference in what employees are prepared to do depending on the industry they work in.

Sector

Would

Has

Why (top reason)

How (most responses)

Marketing

82%

12%

Missing promotion Gossip or divisive speech
Construction

78%

13%

Missing promotion or low pay Info to rivals
Transport & Distribution

75%

4%

Lack of respect Steal data
Hospitality

73%

14%

Lack of respect Info to rivals
Industry

70%

24%

Missing promotion or low pay Info to rivals
Media & Publishing

69%

14%

Lack of respect or low pay Other
Design

66%

11%

Low pay Not clear
Property

66%

12%

Low pay Info to rivals
Environmental Services

64%

8%

Missing promotion Divisive speech
Health

62%

2%

Lack of respect Other
Travel & Tourism

62%

5%

Lack of respect or missing promotion Other
Telecoms

55%

3%

Lack of respect Delete or move info
Gov. & Public Service 53% 3% Low pay Delete or move info & other
Computing & Electronics

52%

11%

Low pay Other
Entertainment

50%

/

Missing promotion Other
Legal

50%

/

Lack of respect Delete or move info
Voluntary Sector

48%

/

Lack of respect or missing promotion Other
Finance

48%

3%

Lack of respect Delete or move info
Retail

48%

/

Lack of respect Other
Utilities

48%

/

Missing promotion or low pay Divisive speech
Agriculture

40%

/

/ /
Culture & Sport

39%

/

/ Delete or move info
Education

30%

/

Low pay Other
Other

56%

2%

/ /

 

The vast majority of the sectors surveyed follow the pattern of having over half of their workforce willing to sabotage their employer. Even those industries where Information Risk Management is a high priority, like Government and Finance, have a significant issue.

The massive 24% of people from Heavy Industry who admitted to already having compromised their company is worthy of note. Their reasons were poor pay or missing promotion, and they would do that by sending information to rivals. The impact this action could have on this sector are varied; from short term loss of sales and longer term degradation of competiveness.

Those employed in Education get the gold star in comparison to others, but even 30% of these people would choose to harm their employer’s business.

To find out more about the human factor of Information Security come along to Ascentor’s seminar. Simon Moore from the CBI and Gordon Morrison from Intellect, together with Ascentor’s MD, Dave James will be discussing the results and how to protect your company’s information. The Human Face of Information Risk – The Bristol Hotel – Thursday, 6th September 2012 .

 

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