Report: IT pros can often access sensitive data

Wednesday - 9/12/2012, 5:34pm EDT

Nearly one in five IT professionals could be taking a secret peek at their bosses' sensitive computer data.

According to a survey of 450 IT pros conducted by cybersecurity firm Lieberman Software, 39 percent of IT staff said they are able to get unauthorized access to sensitive information and 20 percent have already done so.

"Many organizations rely on their IT departments to keep them safe but all too often the reality is that powerful privileged account credentials are being abused," said Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software. "Management must step up to the plate and take charge by establishing systems and procedures to lock down data from prying eyes or their secrets will continue to be stolen from under their noses."

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