Insider Threat Alert as employees take data while leaving a Job

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According to a recent survey conducted by email security providing firm Tessian, nearly one third of employees take data while leaving their job. And there is a high probability that the information can be used for various malevolent purposes.

With COVID-19 pandemic ruining careers of many in 2021, workers are seen taking data with them (without the permission of their superiors) while leaving their job, respectively.

The London based company involved over 2000 IT respondents in the survey and found most of the employees stealing or taking data with them in an illusion that it will help them in their new job, either to please their new company bosses or to use the data to provide leads to their sales department.

“Often such practices are observed with the employees involved in certain roles in a business firm and some do it with malicious intent, while others use it as a catalyst to boost their careers in the new company. Therefore, it is the duty of the organizations to clearly specify the ownership rules over data to its employees and keep monitoring them till their last day in the office,” said Josh Yavor, the CIS at Tessian.

Another research conducted by Aberdeen views that most of the insider data breaches occur with no malicious intent. The research was conducted in commission with US based cybersecurity software firm named Code42.

Interestingly, the exposed data on a daily note accounts to be 13 on an average with most moving corporate files to cloud services, emails, messaging apps and pen-drives.

Thus, all you CIOs, CTOs and the Technology Managers out there, you better be careful of this insider threat before it’s too late.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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