Stealing Password

This will not give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. An new study by Sailpoint regarding cyber security concerns noted that one in five employees would sell their password to an outside party.

Gulp!  One in five will sell you the keys to the kingdom.


The SailPoint survey included 1,000 office workers at various private organizations worldwide.  The study found that as many as 44 percent of employees who said they would sell their credentials would do it for less than $1,000.  Even more staggering, researchers say, some respondents said they would sell their corporate (administrative) credentials for less than $100.

Sixty-two percent of employees share their passwords with their coworkers, according to the study, and 16 percent use only one password among all applications.  In last year’s survey they not only discovered that respondents were willing to sell their passwords to a third-party (1 in 7), but they were willing to do it for as little as $150. 20% shared passwords with their co-workers, and a little more than half (56 percent) shared passwords among applications. This year, even among a larger concern for their personal information’s security, the percentage of those willing to risk corporate data either through apathy, negligence or financial gain only increased.

Researchers also found more than 40 percent of respondents reported having access to a variety of corporate accounts even after leaving their last job.  While data breaches in and of themselves are affecting these employees personally, these same employees may be causing potential security breaches with poor password hygiene and circumvention of the IT department.

We are all in trouble.