If you were one of those people who made (makes) fun of the geeks, be prepared for them to strike back. The techies now have the power to make your life hell, and they are not afraid to use it. A recent study by Cyberark suggests that there has been a 2% increase in the number of IT professionals who will use their rights as an IT administrator to access restricted information at their workplace.
Last year, a similar survey reported 33% if the IT professionals misusing their knowledge of the system to access their company’s restricted information like HR records,customer databases and layoff lists. In 2009, the survey indicates that the number has risen to 35%, a 2% rise in just 12 months! What’s more, a whopping 74% of the 400 employees surveyed revealed that they had the know-how to bypass the security features in place and access internal information.
If that isn’t enough to send a chill down your spine, then consider this. There has been a drastic rise in the number of IT professionals who say that if they are fired, they will take with them crucial information like merger and acquisition plans, financial reports, CEO passwords and R&D plans.
So the next time think twice before you make fun of a geek.