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According to a recent study by Beyond Identity, approximately 25% of employees can still access their past workplaces accounts and emails. What’s even more worrying from the report is that over 41% of these employees admitted to sharing their former workplace logins. So, as you’re strategizing to safeguard your systems from hackers, what are you doing to avert the threats from former employees?
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You may have heard that your staff poses the highest cybersecurity risk, but rarely do we speak of the data theft by departing employees. This article delves into the dangers of failing to de-provision ex-employees from corporate applications and accounts and how to prevent them from accessing your networks.
The simple answer is — more than you may imagine. Based on the Beyond Identity research, one in every four former employees can still access emails and accounts from their former workplaces. A similar study by Identity and Internet Access Management (IAM) provider, OneLogin, suggests that this figure could be as high as 50%.
The OneLogin study gives a clearer picture of the number of former employees who can still access past workplace apps, emails, and accounts. According to the survey results:
The bottom line is that most companies do not take the de-provisioning of former employees’ applications and accounts seriously. Out of the 500 US-based IT decision-makers who responded to the OneLogin survey, over 100 admitted that failure to terminate network access by former employees contributed to data breaches at their companies.
Most of the employees who leave your company may not even be thinking of logging back into your network, but you can’t miss a few rogue individuals. While these individuals may not be that many, you cannot overlook the threat they pose:
Here are a few ways to minimize the data theft risk from former employees:
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