IT Pros Admit to Retaining Security Access at Former Job Sites: Survey

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-16 Print this article Print

Ten percent of IT professionals admit they have retained secure access to corporate systems from previous jobs.

SAN FRANCISCO - Apparently, security involving former IT employees of enterprises has more holes in it than most people think.

According to a survey released Feb. 16 that canvassed more than 1,000 employees and 500 IT decision makers in the U.S., 10 percent of IT professionals admit they have retained secure access to corporate systems from previous jobs. They also say that they can still get into those systems, even if they have vacated the organization.

The survey results were announced at the RSA conference, which continues through Feb. 18.

The research, commissioned by Quest Software and collected by Harris Interactive, focused on how IT professionals and their employees use policies and technologies to manage and protect users' electronic identities. The results emphasize how control of these technologies, or lack thereof, is causing concern about insider threats to IT security, Quest said.
Other findings included:
-52 percent of employees admit that they've shared their work log-ins and passwords with other co-workers, and vice versa.
-25 percent spend more than 30 minutes per day logging into different Websites and databases they need for work.
-90 percent of IT professionals agree that companies need to do more to manage and protect users' electronic identities.
-About half of IT professionals report they are concerned about insider threats to network security in their company's current infrastructure.
-More than one-third say their companies don't realize the value of identity- and access-management technology.

Details of the research are available here (PDF).

Quest Fast Becoming a Cloud System Player

Quest, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., which started out in 1987 as a toolmaker for simplifying Oracle database management, has been moving swiftly into enterprise security and the cloud-computing platform-and-tools businesses.

Quest has been acquiring intellectual property from companies such as Vizioncore and BakBone to build out these new business strategies.

Quest has been steadily building up its intellectual property in cloud systems and storage management. In August 2010, Quest acquired private cloud-management specialist Surgient. In July 2010, the company picked up V??élcker Informatik AG, a privately held identity-management solutions provider based in Germany.

Quest's product line already includes virtualization controls-the vOptimizer Pro and vFoglight management tools-from Vizioncore.

Quest's application-management products focus on the ERP, Java EE (Java Platform, Enterprise Edition) and Microsoft .NET spaces. Database-management tools include support for MySQL, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase and Oracle.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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