Does Your Company Have a Kill Switch?

By September 28, 2015 LastPass Enterprise 5 Comments

Let’s consider the following scenario:

You have a house. You often hire people to help you clean, maintain, paint, fix, and improve that house. You hire lots of different people to help you with these projects. Every person you hire needs access to the house. But it’s inconvenient to let them in every single day, maybe even multiple times a day. So you give them all a key to the same lock, to let themselves in and out. When a project is done, you sometimes remember to ask for the key back, but sometimes you don’t. And you know you should replace all the locks in the house when you do but that’s time consuming. It’d be annoying to have to hand out new keys to everyone anyway.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?

All those people, with access to your home. All using the same key. A key that isn’t changed and often isn’t taken back when they’re done. You wouldn’t let that happen, would you? You wouldn’t want to expose your home, and everything you keep inside it, and even your personal safety, to that kind of risk.

But that’s what companies do, every day.

When it comes to providing access to employees within their organization, many businesses are leaving the door (and the window, and the garage) wide open. In may ways it’s worse because these “digital” keys can be instantly copied and can be used to get access from anywhere in the world.

Passwords (digital keys) are handed out haphazardly to employees and vendors so that they can do their jobs and do them as quickly as possible. The less hassle, the better.

But when they leave, is there accountability for what the employee or vendor had access to? Can a company guarantee that all the passwords are changed over? Is the company sure those employees and vendors can’t get back in?

That’s why companies need a kill switch.

If an employee leaves, they need to have access revoked as soon as possible. That means the second they walk out the door.

Without a kill switch, there’s no way to know you’ve secured your fortress. A week is too long. The moment an employee or a vendor leaves, you need to know what they had access to, and be able to remove their access and change all the affected passwords, in real-time.

The solution? Deploy a password manager for your team.

By deploying a password manager for your team, you can create a kill switch that lets you do just that. With LastPass Enterprise, you can share accounts that have ridiculously long, difficult-to-remember passwords that employees are less likely to abuse because there’s a different one for every account. Then you can offboard an employee in real-time, at a moment’s notice. Our tools help you change over passwords quickly. Even if those passwords are shared with other team members, all the changes are real time and behind-the-scenes. Your system is more secure, and your employees are none-the-wiser. It’s affordable, it’s flexible, it’s quick to deploy. It’s security, simplified.

If your company doesn’t have a kill switch, now is the time to implement one. Try LastPass Enterprise and start solving the password problem for your team.

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  • Alex says:

    Yes, this is all great but even with Lastpass premium, you can’t find one person and then ‘kill’ all the access keys they have.

    If you have 100’s of sites that they have access to, you need to open up them one by one and try and remember where they have access.

    Alternatively, you can’t select the 100’s of sites you have and ‘kill’ access for anybody who had a key.

    That’s the whole point of the kill switch isn’t it?

    I love Lastpass, but this is a big issue for me.


    • Domain Rider says:

      The simplest solution would be to run through the employee’s password vault and change the password for every entry in it. Other employees would automatically pick up the revised passwords.

  • mr.anonim says:

    why free not ??