The recruiting company HeadHunter carried out research in 2010 where they questioned 1600 employees of Russian companies on information security.
The research showed that the management of most companies worry about this issue: 75% of companies have strict rules on working with internal information and the larger the staff the stricter these rules are.
- The management of more than 30% of companies had experienced information leaks.
- More than 30% of those employees questioned know that their personal correspondence and blogs are monitored.
- 68% of those questioned admitted signing agreements on information disclosure on joining their company.
- 52% are aware that special software tracks their computers and 24% that memory sticks are banned.
Despite this, 51% of those questioned believed that they could tell one of their friends or relatives office secrets, while 30% have already done so. Among those questioned were also people who had passed on secret information to competitors.
According to the data from this research, the presence of a company security service makes almost no difference.
The analytics company InfoWatch, which has gathered statistics on information leaks since 2004, estimates the loss due to leaks in 2010 at $200 million. Their statistics show that the internet was the third major source of information leaks after mail and various mobile, data storage and paper media.
It is also interesting that, according to InfoWatch data, that the most popular method, blocking staff access to social networks, does not in any way correlate to the probability of information leaks.