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Confidential information goes walkabout in digital age

Ensuring that departing employees do not have access to any company confidential information when leaving their role, is a difficult task to uphold. Watertight policies should be put in place to keep highly sensitive and valuable information within the company. 

According to a study carried out by Iron Mountain Europe ‘Removal of confidential information’, one in three employees have knowingly taken or forwarded confidential company information out of the office. Additionally, around 20% of employees have left their role armed with strategic plans, company proposals and product/service roadmaps. The study also found that one third of employees would intentionally share confidential company information if they were fired. 

With the increase in the number of disputes concerning data breaches rising over the past few years, it is essential that employers remain vigilant and stay on top of their confidential information and who has access to it.