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.”