scene from "Office Space" scene from "Office Space" Excuse me, I believe you have my ... confidential company data. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

This survey will make you trust your co-workers a little less

New data from a cybersecurity company reveals that lots of us would love to peek at co-workers' salaries – if we knew we wouldn't get caught.

Apparently unsatisfied with garden-variety office gossip, a majority of your co-workers actually wish they could hack into their own company's data to give themselves a raise and find out how much money everyone else is making.

If you read that sentence and thought about how long it's been since you've changed your password ... yeah. Might want to get on that.

A new survey by CyberArk, an Israel-based cybersecurity firm, found that more than half of office workers in the United Kingdom admit that they would do a little office snooping if they knew they wouldn't get caught.

But before you start installing hidden cameras over your cubicle walls, this should lessen your fears: most of the respondents had zero malicious intent in their confession. Sure, a select few are what you would consider "disgruntled" and might be tempted to delete a couple of zeros off their CEO's seven figures. But for the most part, they really just wanted more fodder for water-cooler chatter. Or, better yet, they said they'd never actually try to break in because they know it's wrong. Score one for morality!

"... Most respondents weren’t out to deliberately cause the company harm," CyberArk said of the results of the survey. "The majority simply wanted to get their hands on information about themselves and engage in idle gossip; just 2% said they would be prepared to sell information to competitors for financial gain or to blackmail their boss."

The survey creators at the Cyber Ark offices in Tel Aviv who specialize in assessing insider cyber threats, say many companies forget to safeguard against cyberattacks from their own ranks.

"With cyber skills advancing all the time, and cybercriminals hiding behind valid credentials to avoid being caught, companies must be more alert than ever to stop unwanted insiders in their tracks and protect their most valuable information," CyberArk said.

Here are a few more tidbits from the CyberArk survey, in infographic form:

CyberArk infographic showing the results of a cybersecurity survey about company data.


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This survey will make you trust your co-workers a little less
A new survey by security firm CyberArk reveals that many of your co-workers would love to hack into the company and give themselves a raise.