It happens more often than you’d like to think: Departing employees swipe confidential info before they leave the company. What’s worse, many firms actually make it easy for ’em to do so.
For example, a recent survey of tech workers found that 7% of IT pros never changed an administrative password.
A large percentage of techies also said passwords were rarely changed.
Another 8% have never changed the manufacturer’s default passwords on employees’ laptops and PCs — an easy “in” for hackers looking to break into company networks.
If IT doesn’t switch up your company’s passwords, an employee that left the firm months — or even years — ago could still get into your systems.
So it’s a good idea to get together with IT and revisit standard operating systems — especially if your firm went through a round of layoffs recently.
One way to protect your firm from departing employees looking to grab something extra on their way out: have a thorough, uniform audit system in place to ensure workers don’t exit with your sensitive data.