May 23, 2016
Even if this employee exits on good terms and there is no immediate threat, the following steps will keep your company’s crown jewels safe.
The minute an employee exits the premise with the promise to never return, use the first hour to take a few critical steps to protect the company.
Someone else, known or unknown, friendly or malicious, may have the former employee’s credentials. The longer the account remains active, the higher risk you run for an attack.
Start with important stakeholders and supervisors. Follow with in-person visits to each employee in the company and allow time for reactions and discussion. With skilled support from supervisors and HR, this process not only helps employees acknowledge the loss, but it may also reveal others in the company who may run additional risk to data and the network.
This step serves 3 purposes:
Responding proactively gives your customers and partners confidence that their service will not be affected by the sudden changes.