Survey: 85% of Employees Don’t Have All the Resources They Need on Day One to do Their Job

Findings Show the Security and Compliance Gaps of Ineffective Employee Onboarding and Offboarding

SALT LAKE CITY — 24. September 2019 —

Ivanti, the company that unifies IT to better manage and secure the digital workplace, today announced survey results that find significant gaps in the compliant management of employee resources throughout the employment lifecycle. Just 15% of employees have all the resources they require to be productive on day one, further, more than half (52%) of IT professionals know someone who still has access to a former employer’s applications and data.

When it comes to employee onboarding, 38% of IT professionals report it takes between two and four days to get a new employee everything they need to do their job, while 27% say accomplishing this goal can take more than a week. This is concerning as 92% of respondents say that there is a clear correlation between people being onboarded productively and their overall company satisfaction.

As employees change roles in the organization, just over half (55%) of respondents are confident that unnecessary access rights have been removed to reflect their role changes. These changes are still largely made through manual processes, with 54% doing it all manually, 37% using a combination of some automation and manual processes, and only 9% leveraging full automation.

Offboarding employees presents even greater risk. Just over one-in-four (26%) respondents said it can take more than a week to fully deprovision and employee. When considering the most recent employee to leave their company, nearly half of IT professionals are only somewhat confident that the former employee no longer has access to the organization’s critical systems and information. Further, on the topic of the security risk of employees that aren’t properly deprovisioned, the survey found what terrified IT professionals the most was:

  • The risk of the leakage of sensitive data (38%)
  • The risk of a cybersecurity hack through an unmanaged account (26%)
  • The risk of malicious data detection/theft (24%)

“Our findings make it very clear that organizations are still wildly lacking in compliant identity governance and administration tools and processes,” said Duane Newman, vice president, product management at Ivanti. “Automation can play a very critical role in the effective onboarding and offboarding of employees and closer attention to employee lifecycle management will also dramatically help to avoid the critical risk of a data breach or cybersecurity hack.” 

The complete survey findings can be found here.

The survey polled more than 400 IT professionals online. Research was generated by Ivanti in the summer of 2019.

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Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI, and the data center, Ivanti discovers IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improves IT service delivery, and reduces risk with insights and automation. The company also helps organizations leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit and follow @GoIvanti.


Amberly Asay Janke
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Erin Jones
Avista Public Relations
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