The Data has Left the Building…


In light of the mass layoffs unfortunately occurring these days,  somewhat terrifying results were recently released from a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Symantec on data theft by former employees.  Major high(or low) lights of the study of approximately 900 employees who lost their jobs in 2008 includes:

  • 59% of respondents kept corporate data after leaving their job
  • Approximately one quarter of respondents said they had the ability to access data after they had left the company
  • 32% of survey participants said that they had successfully accessed corporate systems using their credentials after leaving their job

While the survey didn’t distinguish between data residing in SaaS vs on-premise applications, we have to believe that the relatively immature access controls and distributed approach most organizations take towards SaaS user management would lead to even worse numbers for on-demand applications and related data…


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