Offboarding of employees: a digital weakness?

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New figures reveal that only half of employers change their account passwords during their onboarding process. Offboarding is the process that leads to the formal separation between an employee and a company through resignation (or by any other means).

This suggests that cybersecurity is not always at the top of every company’s priority list, as it excludes former employees. This is especially true in the context of damage caused by a data breach.

A good offshoring policy will include deleting any old cloud accounts that the former employee accessed so that the company is no longer charged for usage and data does not sit out in the open, which invites to a cybersecurity incident.

The same research found that one in four former employees can still access the backend of their former employer’s website. The backend is the part of a website, web application, or mobile application that exists behind the scenes. This area has proven to be prone to cyberattacks in recent years.

A cyberattack directed against a network’s backend could render a network, and therefore a business, unable to function.

The data comes from Beyond Identity, which surveyed more than 1,000 employees and employers to reveal how the “Great Resignation” affects corporate security.

This news comes as it is hoped that 2022 will be the year governments and businesses start taking cybersecurity seriously.

The problem is compounded when employee turnover increases, giving more people access to company information.

The survey also found that 83% of employees continued to access accounts from a previous employer after leaving the company, and 56% of employees used this continued digital access to harm their former employer.

When it comes to the types of activities that could cause harm, 25% of employees say they got information about customers from a former employer. Additionally, 24% took financial information.

In total, the results suggest that 3 out of 4 employers have been negatively impacted by a former employee who breached their digital security. At the same time, there are signs of cognitive dissonance as 60% of employers say their company is very to extremely digitally secure.

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