3 Tips for Offboarding Employees Without Facing Security Risks

If you’ve ever had to offboard an employee, you know the pain and headache of updating passwords and ensuring that your data is safely protected once they leave your company. Security is a key piece to offboarding and must be something that is monitored. Here are 3 tips for offboarding employees without facing security risks. 

1. Revoke ALL Access 

According to the 2020 Insider Threat Report by Cybersecurity Insiders, 63% of respondents said those with privileged access pose the greatest risk to the organization. That is why you must revoke all insider access once an employee leaves your company. 

To begin, you will need to disable all accounts that the employee leaving your company was associated with. Secondly, you need to make sure that you change the passwords as soon as possible to all accounts that they were able to access. 

2. Monitor Your Assets 

Keeping an updated inventory of all of your assets and devices is always a good practice to be in. That way whenever an employee does leave you know exactly what devices they have in possession. During the offboarding process, it is critical that you ensure that all assets are returned and recovered even including small items such as USBs that may contain valuable information or access fobs. 

3. Implement a Zero Trust Model 

The Zero Trust principle is essentially a set of guidelines that states that only authorized users can access applications and data. By adopting this model, your organization will be better prepared to tackle a secure offboarding process. An employee should leave a company with the exact same amount of access that they had during their interview process – absolutely none. 

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