Since the outbreak of COVID-19, 81% of the global workforce have had their workplace fully or partially closed. And, with the economy grinding to a halt, employees across industries have been laid off or furloughed. This has caused widespread distress.
When you combine this distress with the reduced visibility of IT and security teams while their teams work from home, you’re bound to see more incidents of Malicious Insiders. One such case involves a former employee of a medical device packaging company who was let go in early March 2020.
By the end of March – and after he was given his final paycheck – Christopher Dobbins hacked into the company’s computer network, granted himself administrator access, and then edited and deleted nearly 120,000 records. This caused significant delays in the delivery of medical equipment to healthcare providers.