New research from Egress Software Technologies has revealed that one in four (24%) UK employees have intentionally shared confidential business information outside their organization, typically to competitors or new and previous employers.

The firm quizzed 2000 workers whose jobs required them to frequently use email to shine a light on risks surrounding email misuse within the enterprise.

Half of respondents said they either had or would delete emails from their sent folder if they had sent information somewhere they shouldn’t, with more than a third (37%) admitting they do not always check emails before clicking send.

Of those who had sent an email to the wrong person by mistake, one in 10 admitted to leaking sensitive data such as bank details or customer information. Less crucially, but no less embarrassingly, 40% had also accidently insulted the recipient or included rude jokes, swear words or risqué messages.

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