The security threat posed by former employees is becoming amajor concern for users tasked with keeping data assets secure.
Ever since the recession started to bite and the number oflay-offs began to snowball there have been growing suspicions that staff giventhe boot would take out their frustration on their employer by undermining datasecurity.
Those fears continue to dominate the minds of IT managerslooking after security according to the Ernst &Young Global InformationSecurity Survey.
Richard Brown, partner in IT risk advisory at Ernst & Young,said that staff that had been laid off might feel resentful and there were anumber of ways they could impact the smooth running of the operations.
“Increasingly, the IT system has become a common target anddata theft is also prevalent. It is paramount that companies undertake a specificrisk assessment exercise to identify their potential exposure,” he said.
Other highlights in the survey included IT directorsreporting continued strain on budget with security not immune from cuts alongwith the pressure to meet compliance demands.
“Government and industry-led regulations have clearlyresulted in organisations adopting a more-structured approach to informationsecurity,” said Brown.
The channel has consistently warned customers about the need to increase and improve internal security in the face of potential problems from former staff.