Do you know who your employees are?

Do you really?

The Financial Times in London ran an article which illustrates the risks posed by disgruntled IT professionals. According to a recent survey, 88% of redundant IT administrators claimed they would steal valuable and sensitive information from their company if they were ever fired.

A real-life example of this is the systems administrator with the Dept. of Technology who earlier this year created a password which locked officials out of the network because he feared he was losing his job.

While it is very difficult to know if an employee is thinking this way, proper background checking and screening would likely discover if they ever did anything like this to a previous employer.

When a termination is imminent, employers should close all of the employee’s accounts and recover devices such as Blackberries, laptops, elctronic key cards and I.D. When we are called in to assist with terminations, we always advise emloyers and supervisors of the need to do this.

Surprisingly, many employers are not in a rush to get back laptops and other devices as they fear “upsetting” the termianted employee. If this is the case, turn over the responsibility to a professional outsourced security consultant who can take care of these duties and the company does not have to worry about being right in the “middle” of the process.

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  1. Natalie Pinter says:

    Yes, I heard years ago of a lady who worked at “Concord Pacific” in Vancouver British Columbia. They fired her and she shredded their sales contact list hard copy at the shredding machine all afternoon and no one knew what she was doing until the next day. She wiped out her computerized list and took a copy of it for herself on a disk. Who know what she did with this!!!
    Anyhow, employers beware.
    Do not let employees touch the computer or stay on the premises after ending the employment tenure.
    I also changed the alarm code at our office after we let go a disgruntled employee, this is a very good idea too, as they could have made a copy of the office key.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had a lady that revieled confidential information to a list of 65 clients. She told them what our real costs were… She took copies of many doc.

    Clients felt we charged too much… I lost all of them. Before they new this information they were happy.

    Next time …I will use a out source agent to clean the worker out at that moment and escort them out of the building…

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