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Former employee breaches

Is there any documented information or statistics that show the percentage of security incidents/hacks that are a result of actions of former employees whose access rights were not terminated?

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According to PricewaterhouseCooper's global security survey, 13% of security breaches were by former employees, although the report does not specify the number of incidents where failure to terminate access rights was a factor.

A recent report on a U.K. bank found that 48% of employees who had been laid off were still able to access networks using their passwords. The report didn't say how long afterwards.


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This was first published in November 2001

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