New Report Shows How the Great Resignation Can Be a Critical Cybersecurity Risk to Companies

A new report from Beyond Identity explores how the Great Resignation has threatened cybersecurity – and how today’s offboarding processes have actually left former employees with continued access to critical digital assets.


Beyond Identity commissioned a survey of more than 900 employees across the U.S., UK and Ireland. The report revealed these staggering statistics:


  • 83% of employees continued accessing accounts from their previous employer after leaving the company.

  • 56% of employees said they had used their continued digital access to harm their former employer.

  • 35% of employees still had access to old email accounts and work-related materials on a personal device.

  • 24% of employees admitted to intentionally keeping company financial information, passwords, and process-related documents.

Additionally, in surveying 200+ U.S. employers about their offboarding experiences, the study found 74% were negatively impacted by a former employee breaching their digital security.


More than a third of former employees still had access to their company email account and work-related materials on a personal device. Furthermore, respondents often reported deliberately taking contact information for co-workers (31%), specific co-worker conversations they had saved (30%), and even potentially valuable company ideas (27%) with them.


How Organizations Can Protect Themselves


Per Beyond Identity, passwordless multi-factor authentication is seen as a strong defense against unauthorized access. Ensuring your organization has a solution in place that can bind the identity of a user to their device, so a former employee would no longer be able to gain access to company resources is critical.


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