Ex-Employees Still Cause Data Breaches

Ex-Employees Still Cause Data Breaches

Ex-Employees Still Cause Data BreachesEx-Employees Still Cause Data Breaches

Ex-employees pose security threats to enterprises that fail to deny them access to applications after they leave the company.

Confidence About Ex-Employee AccessConfidence About Ex-Employee Access

44% of the professionals and managers surveyed are not confident that ex-employees no longer have access to corporate applications.

On-Site Employees Hardest to DeprovisionOn-Site Employees Hardest to Deprovision

66% of the respondents said on-site employees, whether full-time or part-time, are the hardest to deprovision.

Work Functions That Are Hardest to DeprovisionWork Functions That Are Hardest to Deprovision

Operations: 26%.
Engineering and Sales: 20%.
Human Resources: 18%.
Finance and customer support: 16%.
Marketing: 13%.

Time to DeprovisionTime to Deprovision

70% of respondents said it takes up to an hour to deprovision all of one former employee’s corporate application accounts.

Length of Time It Takes to Deprovision Ex-EmployeesLength of Time It Takes to Deprovision Ex-Employees

Longer than a day: 50%.
Longer than a week: 25%.
Don’t know how long: 25%.

Half Don't Use Automated DeprovisioningHalf Don’t Use Automated Deprovisioning

50% of respondents said their corporation does not use automated deprovisioning.

More Than Half Use SIEMsMore Than Half Use SIEMs

55% use a Security and Information Manager to check whether former employees use applications, but 41% do not use SIEMs.

Data Breaches by Ex-EmployeesData Breaches by Ex-Employees

20% of the organizations surveyed have experienced data breaches by former employees. Of those, 47% admitted that ex-employees have been responsible for more than 10% of all their data breaches.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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