Ghost hack – criminals use deceased employee’s account to wreak havoc

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Many, if not most, organisations will tell you that they have processes and procedures that they follow when employees leave.

In particular, most companies have a slick and quick procedure for removing ex-staff from the payroll.

Firstly, it doesn’t make economic sense to pay someone who is no longer entitled to the money; secondly, many countries require employers to withold payroll taxes automatically, to pay them in promptly, and to account for them accurately.

Why get into trouble with the tax office over former employees when you can have a simple “staff leaving” checklist that will help to keep you compliant and solvent at the same time?

Unfortunately, we’re not always quite so switched on (or, to be more precise, not quite so good at switching things off) when it comes to ex-staff and cybersecurity.