1 in 3 IT guys spy on coworkers

One in three information technology professionals abuses administrative passwords to access confidential data such as colleagues’ salary details, personal emails or board-meeting minutes, according to a survey.

U.S. information security company Cyber-Ark surveyed 300 senior IT professionals, and found that one-third admitted to secretly snooping, while 47 percent said they had accessed information that was not relevant to their role.

“All you need is access to the right passwords or privileged accounts and you’re privy to everything that’s going on within your company,” Mark Fullbrook, Cyber-Ark’s UK director, said in a statement released along with the survey results on Thursday.

“For most people, administrative passwords are a seemingly innocuous tool used by the IT department to update or amend systems. To those ‘in the know’ they are the keys to the kingdom,” he added. (link)

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2 Responses to “1 in 3 IT guys spy on coworkers”


  1. 1 cstair June 20, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Not surprising.

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  2. 2 mrdustinf June 20, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    This seems amazing at first glance, but the idea of gaining access is more the test of your knowledge instead of the ability to get personal information. Most people could care less when Sally’s vacation is, but to be able to know at any time they want makes a person feel intelligent.


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