A significant proportion of British workers could be posing a security risk to companies by taking confidential data with them to their next jobs.
According to research from Check Point Software Technologies, almost half of staff would take any useful information to a new job, while about 75 per cent of employers do not have the necessary checks in place to combat this.
The firm identified USB memory sticks as being a particular risk, as an increasing number of workers use these to store data for taking home with them instead of relying on laptop PCs.
Martin Allen, spokesman for Check Point, said: "Companies spend millions on their security and just forget about the fact that millions of pounds worth of valuable data is 'going walkabout' on people's key rings and a great deal are very happy to download information to take with them to their next job."
Consultancy firm Croner warned last month that employers should enforce a policy on the use of blogs at work to combat the dangers of work-related blog posts casting a negative light on the company.