33% of IT managers have hacked their own organization

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While IT managers are responsible for safeguarding data and enhancing cybersecurity, they don't always follow the same protocol they set for everyone else in the organization.

A survey from Absolute Software corporation found one-third of IT personnel said they successfully hacked their own organization, or another organization. Additionally, 45 percent of IT managers knowingly bypassed their own security policies.

"Given that IT is the security gatekeeper for an organization, it was alarming to see such high incidents of non-compliant behavior by IT personnel," said Stephen Midgley, vice president of global marketing at Absolute. "Even if these actions are being performed to validate existing infrastructure, senior leadership should be aware that this activity is occurring."

Additionally, the report found younger professionals were more likely to hack their organizations, but were also more confident in containing a data breach, than their older contemporaries. Forty-one percent of IT professionals between ages 18 and 44 were most likely to hack their own organization compared to 12 percent of IT professionals over age 45. And, 92 percent of IT professionals ages 18 to 44 were confident in containing a data breach, compared to 79 percent of IT professionals over 45.

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