36% of ex-employees are breaking the Computer Misuse Act
"Over a third of IT workers have admitted to accessing corporate systems after they have left a company, potentially breaching the Computer Misuse Act.
According to a survey carried out by Vason Bourne on behalf of Protected Networks, 49% of those surveyed said they had retained access to their former employer's network after leaving the company. Of these, 75% admitted continuing to access the corporate systems, sometimes repeatedly over the course of up to a year.
Furthermore, 57% of businesses involved in the survey noticed that former IT employees still had access, but failed to take action to cut them off.
Keith Maskell, country manager at Protected Networks, criticised the ‘astonishingly liberal attitude of UK businesses to managing access to data on the corporate network’ saying that this lax attitude creates ‘a serious vulnerability that can be exploited later by hackers’.”
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