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Network Engineer Sentenced to Four Years for Destroying Company Data

Having a written Employee Termination Checklist designed to flag the many operational issues involved in wrapping up an individual’s employment with the company is not only common sense, it’s an important part of a holistic data protection strategy.

Before his access to EnerVest was terminated, Mitchell went to the office after business hours, disconnected critical pieces of computer-network equipment and disabled the equipment's cooling system. EnerVest was unable to fully communicate or conduct business operations for nearly 30 days.

The company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to recover historical data from its network servers. Some data was lost forever.


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