AKA: who’s snooping at your most sensitive data
Remember Gladys Kravitz from the old Bewitched TV show? Unless you are old like me, you may not. Suffice it to say she is the epitome of the nosy neighbor –always snooping into other people’s business. It turns out that IT pros and executives are a lot like Mrs. Kravitz. That’s what One Identity learned in a recent survey. And that’s a problem. But it is a problem that can be addressed with better identity and access management (IAM) practices.
Whether it’s a bored employee looking for salary information on their peers; a disgruntled middle manager trying to find personal information on the CEO; or a paranoid employee hunting for financial performance data to justify his fears, it all comes down to someone looking for (and often finding) information that they do not have permission to access – we’ll call it snooping.
So let’s start with the data. In our survey (see link at the bottom of this post), we asked 900 IT pros from around the world how prevalent snooping was at their organizations:
There’s also some interesting geographical and industry-specific data that shows which countries and which industries are the biggest offenders. Let’s just say that if you’re like Mrs. Kravitz and struggle with an uncontrolled snooping problem, you may want to avoid temptation and not work in the technology sector in Germany.
There are easy ways to prevent this behavior – people may still look but they won’t find anything if you implement a few key IAM solutions:
Checkout the complete survey findings and our infographic on the topic.