Data Loss Risks During Downsizing: As Employees Exit, so Does Corporate Data

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Executive Summary

Whether they are losing their jobs because of the current recession or simply looking for better opportunities, there are significant numbers of people exiting their current position. In addition to the HR issues, companies should be aware of the possibility that these employees may be walking off with their sensitive and confidential data. This type of data loss problem may be putting companies at risk for a potential data breach. Moreover stealing proprietary data, such as customer lists, can put the company at a competitive disadvantage. Sponsored by Symantec, Ponemon Institute independently conducted this national study entitled, Data Loss Risks during Downsizing to understand what employees are doing with the data on the laptops their employers provided them.

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