Data Exposure Blind Spots

Morgan O'Rourke


April 1, 2020

Workplace collaboration tools may be exposing companies to data exfiltration risk, according to Code 42’s 2020 Data Exposure Report on Insider Threat. As more companies introduce corporate-sponsored cloud platforms and file-sharing applications to enable employees in any location to work together more efficiently, the software provider found that many workers have become complacent about data security. More than a third use personal email and unauthorized apps like WhatsApp, Google Drive and Facebook on a daily basis to share files, making it nearly impossible for companies to track where their data is going.

On top of that, 73% of employees have access to data they did not create and 59% can see data from other departments. This means companies are often unaware of whether an employee has taken valuable data with them when they depart for a new job. In fact, 87% of workers said their former employer never verified whether they had taken data when they left. Meanwhile, 32% who had exfiltrated data said their new employers encouraged them to share it with their new colleagues.

Morgan O’Rourke is editor in chief of Risk Management and director of publications for the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)