Utilizing OneLogin to Prevent Former Employees from Accessing Company Data

Firms of different sizes use OneLogin to secure data in their companies. Through their Identity and Access Management (IAM) software, all devices are in sync with the single sign-on application such that access to the firm’s data is secured and no unauthorized persons can access the data.

OneLogin has provided a solution to many companies who are struggling to secure their businesses’ data. Organizations usually strive to ensure they part ways with an employee on good terms so that the employee does not come back to haunt the company. It is not as simple as just finding a suitable replacement to the replacement. The firm must make sure the person leaving is clean and cannot harm their former company. OneLogin did research that revealed that more than half of past employees still have access to corporate data even after leaving. A quarter of companies experience data breaches orchestrated by former employees.

Former employees are capable of massive damage to firms. The costs include ruining of reputations, selling of essential data to competitors and fraud. One case in point is when a former employee of OFCOM, accessed the accounts from the outside and downloaded data from the company. He shared with his new employer, a broadcaster, who instead alerted OFCOM. The action would have resulted in massive damages to OFCOM had the information fell into the wrong hands.

Marriot Hotels were not as lucky as OFCOM. In 2016, a displeased former employee accessed their reservation system and hugely cut down room rates. The action affected Marriot Hotels financially. The IT department must work together with their HR counterparts to ensure an employee is deprived of access to company accounts immediately he/she leaves the organization. Research done by OneLogin reveals that only half of UK’s companies use automated technology to secure their accounts and data. The IT team should block an employee immediately he/she leaves the company. This is to log off the employee from the company’s accounts and applications. They should do this manually to confirm that no ex-employees are accessing the accounts or applications. These actions will make sure a company’s confidential data is kept safe from an employee who is leaving.