Former employees and data security…. as in the lack of it.

August 20, 2014 |

I have recently posted on the problem of internal threats to data security (see here and here).  Organisations may have strong cyber defences and office security may still be exposed to a significant risk of a data breach by the actions of ex employees, whether of the disgruntled or gruntled variety.  Poor practices in password management, closing access and accounts and generally preventing access to records by ex employees can easily expose a business to financial and reputational loss.  Similarly checking the on line and computer activities of employees soon to be former employees may prevent malware or other cyber bombs being placed within a businesses computer system.  These issues are illustrated in Why Former Employees Could Be Your Next Great Security Threat.

It provides, absent slides:

Hackers in foreign countries generate a lot of news headlines, as evidenced by last week’s news that a Russian crime ring may have stolen stolen more than a billion usernames and passwords. But individuals much closer to your business–like former employees–could represent your company’s greatest cybersecurity threat.

Roughly 90 percent of respondents to a recent survey reported that they retained a working login and password to at least one application from their former employer, according to cloud IT services company Intermedia.

The infographic below demonstrates some of the ways you can prevent rogue employees from harming your business.

 

 

 

 

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