What happens to remote cybersecurity when you fire a remote employee? What can you do to maintain good cybersecurity practices? It starts with preparing policies and procedures. Here are seven cybersecurity concerns when firing a remote employee.
- Prepare policies and procedures for handling future terminations. Each department may have specific requirements. Communicate these ahead of time so managers aren’t caught by surprise in the case of employee termination. Common procedures for the IT department include revoking access to applications, emails, and VPNs.
- File Records. Be sure to track all steps of the termination process. This will ensure the completion of the termination procedures. Additionally, a detailed record can help solve any future issues relating to the terminated employee.
- Have you revoked building access and other security clearances for the terminated employee?
- Has all hardware been retrieved from the employee? This may include computers, mobile phones, tablets, or specialized devices.
- Does the terminated employee understand the confidential data policy and how it applies to their termination? A policy briefing meeting can be held to remind the terminated employee that they are still under a legal obligation to protect confidential data of the company, even upon their termination.
- Have all accounts been terminated or suspended in accordance with the prepared policies and procedures? These accounts may include a VPN, email, network, proprietary applications, collaboration points, and social media.
- Is there a need to audit or monitor accounts? Is there a reason for concern about confidentially threats and security breaches?
Firing a remote employee can be a cause for concern when it comes to cybersecurity. Small businesses reduce their vulnerability by being prepared with policies and procedures.
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