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Dismissals Caused By Mismanaged Admin Rights

A recent survey commissioned by Avecto has shown the cost to both enterprises and staff when it comes to mismanaged user admin rights.

Admin rights snarl-ups can mean folks don't have access to the applications necessary to do their jobs, and nearly three in ten respondents (of the thousand people surveyed) admitted this was the case.

One in five said they missed a critical deadline due to being denied full access to an application, and a rather staggering 14 per cent said they'd lost their job - with six per cent having missed out on a promotion thanks to an admin rights faux-pas.

Almost a quarter of users call IT support three or more times per year because they can't get an application to work due to admin rights problems, costing both time and money.

And on the security front, one in five said they knew someone who had breached IT security policies at their company.

Paul Kenyon, COO at Avecto, commented: "We always knew that there would be a significant impact on businesses if they mismanage user admin rights - security breaches, people accessing data after they leave or expensive help desk calls. This survey also reveals the shocking impact on individuals.

"Being denied access to work applications has a greater impact on men than women - with half of men saying it has caused them problems, compared to just a third of women. It also worried more men, with a quarter fearing that they won't be able to access the technology they need to do their jobs. Perhaps this ‘loaphobia' (Lack-Of-Application-Phobia) will be the next big thing worrying the UK's workforce?"

Right, we're off to have a lie down in a dark room in an attempt to combat our Irkaphobia, which has just been brought on (the fear of made up phobias).

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.