Ex-Employees Still Cause Data Breaches

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-22-2017 Email

Many ex-employees continue to have access to corporate applications and often contribute to data breaches, says a new study. Forty-eight percent of respondents in the study, "Curse of the Ex-Employees," are aware of the problem. Furthermore, 20 percent of respondents believe the failure to deprovision employees has contributed to a data breach at their organization. "Companies aren't following very basic but essential security measures around employee provisioning and deprovisioning," said Alvaro Hoyos, chief information security officer at identity management provider OneLogin, which commissioned the study. "This should be a cause for concern among business leaders, especially considering how many data breaches are caused by ex-employees." The solution is to automate off-boarding and to help companies become more secure, productive and efficient, he says. Arlington Research used an online survey to interview 500 non-managers and executives who work in their company's IT department and are decision-makers for hardware, software and cloud-based services. They have some responsibility for IT security, their company creates and deletes employee logins in-house, and they either manage log-ins or are responsible for creating them.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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