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10 Tips for Maintaining Information Security During Layoffs

Insider cyberthreats are always an issue during layoffs -- but with record numbers of home-office workers heading for the unemployment line, it has never been harder to maintain cybersecurity during offboarding.
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Ensure Communication Is Clear 

The messaging regarding terminations that take place virtually will also need to be tailored to consider distance. Clearly communicate to remote laid-off workers your expectations about stopping use of company devices, says Stephen Cavey, co-founder and chief evangelist at Ground Labs. 

'They should be made aware that upon the conclusion of their employment that no company data should be accessed via any device,' he says. 'The risks associated with this scenario should be minimal when utilizing a good 'run sheet' and where data is stored in company-controlled locations.'

(Image: IQoncept, via Adobe Stock)

Ensure Communication Is Clear

The messaging regarding terminations that take place virtually will also need to be tailored to consider distance. Clearly communicate to remote laid-off workers your expectations about stopping use of company devices, says Stephen Cavey, co-founder and chief evangelist at Ground Labs.

"They should be made aware that upon the conclusion of their employment that no company data should be accessed via any device," he says. "The risks associated with this scenario should be minimal when utilizing a good 'run sheet' and where data is stored in company-controlled locations."

(Image: IQoncept, via Adobe Stock)

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