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Companies failing to adequately train employees in intellectual property theft awareness
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – February 6, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ — Half of employees who left or lost their jobs in the last 12 months kept confidential corporate data, according to a global survey from Symantec(Nasdaq: SYMC), and 40 percent plan to use it in their new jobs. The results show that everyday employees’ attitudes and beliefs about intellectual property (IP) theft are at odds with the vast majority of company policies.
Employees not only think it is acceptable to take and use IP when they leave a company, but also believe their companies do not care. Only 47 percent say their organization takes action when employees take sensitive information contrary to company policy and 68 percent say their organization does not take steps to ensure employees do not use confidential competitive information from third-parties. Organizations are failing to create an environment and culture that promotes employees’ responsibility and accountability in protecting IP.
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Symantec’s How Employees are Putting Your Intellectual Property at Risk Survey
Symantec’s survey What’s Yours Is Mine: How Employees are Putting Your Intellectual Property at Risk was conducted by The Ponemon Institute in October 2012 to examine the problem of IP theft or abuse by employees in the workplace. The results are based on responses from 3,317 individuals in six countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, China and Korea.
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¹ Eric D. Shaw, Ph.D., Harley V. Stock , Ph.D, “Behavioral Risk Indicators of Malicious Insider Theft of Intellectual Property: Misreading the Writing on the Wall,” 2011, Symantec
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