Why am I not surprised that someone who just got fired would actually take company secrets and remote access credentials with them? With stories like this, it makes you want to DRM all documents (with a central authorization server) and have access control policies (managed by a central access manager server).
The BOFH lives: 88% of IT workers would steal data if firedA study conducted by security company Cyber-Ark indicates that a significant number of corporate IT personnel snoop sensitive data, and nearly 9 out of 10 would take company secrets and remote access credentials with them if they were fired. This could pose a serious security risk for many companies and expose them to industrial espionage and other dangers.
The results of the Trust, Security and Passwords study are based on a survey of 300 system administrators at the Infosecurity 2008 event in Europe. Of the study respondents, 88 percent admitted they would take sensitive data with them when leaving their current place of employment, and approximately one-third said that they would abscond with company password lists. That could be a serious cause for concern for companies that have complex and loosely secured technological infrastructure.