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This article was published on March 23, 2016


One in five employees would sell their work passwords, some for less than $1000

One in five employees would sell their work passwords, some for less than $1000


Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

It turns out that all of the security in the world won’t stop a disgruntled — or adequately incentivized — employee. According to research done by Austin, Texas-based security company SailPoint, one in five employees would sell their work passwords for money.

And not even a high sum, either. In the report, 44 percent of those who responded affirmatively said that they would sell their credentials for less than $1000.

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It’s not the only poor password practice that workers engage in, although you could argue that it is the most nefarious. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of employees admitted to sharing passwords and credentials with coworkers, and 16 percent confessed to only using a single password for all of their credentials.

Companies also do a poor job of locking the door after letting an employee go: 42 percent of those responded said they could access corporate accounts and data after termination.

So if you’re looking for better safety solutions, it might be a good idea to check your own workforce.

SailPoint [via MarketWatch]