The role of content in the enterprise is shifting with everything else and what else but the convenience of mobile is driving that. In fact, 90 percent of respondents in a recent survey indicated they remove confidential documents from the workplace, even though most think it’s grounds for termination
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for FileTrek, a file sharing service, of 2625 Americans 18 or over found that there were also generational differences. Sixty-eight percent of millennials defined as age 18-34 believe it’s acceptable to remove these files, whereas the number drops to 50 percent of the 55+ age group (and I’m surprised to be honest it’s even that high).
When asked to rank the severity of certain offenses only sexual harassment at 85 percent and incompetence ranked by 82 percent ranked higher than removing confidential information and removing confidential files ranked higher than having sex with a direct report or gross insubordination (failing to do what you were asked by a boss).
The infographic below highlights the findings of this report. As IT pros, you should probably have a sense of these attitudes in your own organization and look for ways to let your employees access files outside the office in a secure fashion.
Rather than criminalizing the behavior because most employees are taking these files for the right reasons — to get work done away from the office, rather than trying to share the information with someone not authorized to see it — it’s so important to find ways to help your employees do the right thing by giving them the means to access information wherever they are in a secure fashion.