Lessons to learn after fired IT worker pleads guilty to hack attack

Graham Cluley
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How careful is your firm about ensuring that staff who leave for pastures new don’t continue to log into your network?

As more and more workers are allowed remote access to IT systems, the issue of how to ensure security is not compromised when they leave your company’s employment is an important one.

Whether a disgruntled former employee is opening up systems to spammers, planting malware, or replacing the CEO’s presentation with porn, the consequences can be serious.

The latest case concerns IT expert Jason Cornish and the pharmaceutical firm Shionogi.

37-year-old Cornish, from Smyrna, Georgia, worked in Shionogi’s IT department, reporting directly to a close friend of…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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