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Pop quiz: How many employees violate corporate IT policies?

Survey reveals that more than one-third admit to inappropriate computer behavior

By Brian Fonseca
November 2, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - As many as 35% of workers have knowingly violated their corporate IT policies at least once, according to results of a study released this week.

Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 6, MARC Research polled 301 U.S.-based workers in businesses with at least 100 employees about their corporate computer usage.

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association, a Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based professional association that represents some 65,000 IT professionals who are responsible for auditing computer systems, commissioned the study.

The survey also found that while 84% of respondents are comfortable with workplace computer security measures, 64% said their home computers are not adequately protected.

Despite warnings about security threats posed by peer-to-peer file-sharing systems, 15% of respondents admitted logging onto such networks from work computers. And 74% of respondents said they don't believe that downloading unauthorized content or software to work PCs is a business risk.

The survey also found that 73% of respondents are not worried about sending sensitive or confidential company information from work PCs to home systems via e-mail. Further, 68% said they regularly work on business documents that were sent from business systems to home PCs.

Read more about Security in Computerworld's Security Topic Center.

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