If You Get Fired, It’ll Most Likely Be Related to Security

Security
by Guest Columnist

By Maria Korolov

Hopefully, it won’t become an issue at your company, but data breaches are a threat to IT professionals everywhere—in fact, it could end up costing them their jobs. Sure, there are any number of reasons an employee could be let go, but according to a new study, the majority of IT firings are security-related.

Maria Korolov writes, “There are many reasons why IT professionals can be fired, but six out of the top nine are related to security, said a survey released this morning.

“For example, having a tech investment that leads to a security breach was considered a fireable offense by 39 percent of organizations, according to Osterman Research, which conducted the survey.

“A data breach that becomes public was a fireable offense for 38 percent of companies.

“Other fireable offenses included failing to modernize a security program, data breaches with unknown causes, data breaches that do not become public, and the failure of a security product or program investment.

“Failing to meet regulatory compliance and getting a large fine or penalty, was the top offense, with 68 percent of organizations considering it reason for dismissal.

“Some of this may not, strictly speaking, be the employee’s fault. If a very dedicated attacker, such as a foreign country, is committed to getting the data, there’s very little that an organization can do to stop them.”

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