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SharePoint admins are abusing their privileged status to sneak a peak at classified documents according to a poll that shows consistent abuse of security in Microsoft's business collaboration server.

A third of IT administrators or somebody they know with admin rights have read documents hosted in Microsoft's collaboration server that they are not meant to read.

Most popular documents eyeballed were those containing the details of their fellow employees, 34 per cent, followed by salary – 23 per cent – and 30 per cent said "other."

Ironically, the poll found the jury almost split on whether the authors of documents themselves could be trusted to control the security privilege settings on their work.

IT admins are firmly in control of setting access rights within SharePoint; 69 per cent set the permission levels that say who reads what, by individual or by group.

The data comes from a Cryptzone SharePoint security survey of 100 individuals running or using SharePoint systems, which has just been released. Respondents worked for a range of companies of varying size.

The poll reveals a consistently healthy disregard for the security supposedly afforded to company documents by SharePoint. Forty-five per cent of respondents said they'd copied sensitive information to the drive of a local PC or to a USB stick; 43 per cent did it because of the need to work from home; while 55 per cent said they'd done it because the docs were needed by somebody who didn't have access to SharePoint.

Ninety-two per cent of admins said they realised their actions made the material less secure while 30 per cent said they weren't bothered because taking the information had helped them get their job done. ®

You can download a copy of the report here (warning: PDF). ®

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