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Firms may be inviting a security breach with seasonal workers

Firms may be inviting a security breach with seasonal workers

By Jens Puhle, UK managing director,access rights management specialist 8MAN.

With Black Friday around the corner and the Christmas sales beginning in earnest, retailers and logistics firms are bringing a huge number of extra staff on board to meet demand. As many as 100,000 extra staff are expected in the UK this year as companies seek to avoid the high profile problems caused by understaffing in 2014.

However, few are considering the potentially devastating security risk that comes with temporary hires that require network access. We find surprisingly large firms still do not follow best practice at the best of times and tend to give temp workers access to their entire network by default, including potentially sensitive information like payroll or intellectual property. In fact research from Avecto and Curve IT found that 72 per cent of temporary workers are given full administrative rights.
When it comes to taking on hundreds or even thousands of staff at once, few companies take proper stock of access, and many also overlook removing access once the worker is done.

Internal data leaks can be very damaging, especially when insiders purposefully target high value data and sell it on to rival organisations or criminals. Firms must ensure they have the capability to tightly control the access rights of every new employee, especially during the key busy period where thousands may come on board at once. While most temporary workers will have no ulterior motives for joining, the damage of a leak is so great that they cannot leave it to chance.

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