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VinceB

My place of employment is looking to switch IT companies. They’re worried about what this guy can do to our network when he’s essentially fired. If he does do something malicious can they take to legal action? Also, who owns (if anyone) the domain name to the network? I’ve read mixed things. Some things I’ve found says the IT company maintaining it owns it but not if the DN is the name of the company, which ours is. 

 

Any advice on making this transition as smooth as possible would be appreciated

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You would have to read through the contract your old IT company signed.  I would be shocked if something is not in there or clauses upon termination that outline penalties faced or court action if intentional damage is done to the network.

 

As far as actual access to the network resources that should be revoked as soon as the contract with the company is up.  The domain name should be owned by you as long as you are the ones paying for it (the trick here would be finding out how that changes when you switch IT companies and begin paying someone else). 

 

Please only take this as general information from one random Web Admin/Dev.  Bottom line bust out your contract papers and scrub through them.  You'll definitely need them if there are issues.

 

 

 

 

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I forgot to mention that. This companies contract is up and they never renewed or submitted a new one. They’re currently just billing for tickets submitted for random nonsense and “maintenance” they’re not doing. 

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What do they actually host for you? Did they provide servers for a website/ applications your company built or is it services they provided to you?  Or we talking like your company network, shared network drives, authentification  etc of local clients. 

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Basically just our company network and whatnot. They used to host our website but dont any more. All they’ve essentially done is install the server/network devices, configured the computer and are now just collecting checks on essentially desktop support. Every now and then the occasional remote reboot of the network when there’s an issue

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Real answer - depends if they built in a back door.

 

You will know right away they have - when they ask you to sign a Contractors license for 1 year to maintain it as you transition out of the agreement.  They will want XXX amount per month, regardless of the min hours they put in keeping the "IT portion that they do" going.

 

My brother was the head of an IT department.  Had a backdoor untraceable.  Got the contract, and didn't delete the databases he had built after they sought to let him go for a cheaper IT service.

 

Anything is possible, however probably very unlikely cause 1 mis-step may lead to jail time.

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I’m not so sure this guys is smart enough to build himself a back door. Lol. He only takes on very small clients. I’m pretty sure we’re his largest and the reason his company even exists. And we have less than 50 computers in 4 different buildings on the same property. 

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since he set it up, he knows the passwords

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Common sense tells me once the transition starts all network passwords would need to be changed so his company doesn’t know them

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he will probably have some time after hes fired and before the passwords are changed

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If they set up network and shared drives etc they probably (if they did their job right) have redundant backups of all your stuff if all that is in the hand of someone not  trustworthy i would start to worry. Depending on what the guys there have access. Your company should maybe hire someone to check the contract you have with them. Are we talking like bunch of guys that have a small local company that manage your network ? Or is it a large service provider?  

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It’s a small local company. The owner and one employee are the only ones that do anything IT related. I dk for sure but I doubt the have offsite backups of our stuff. We had a computer get a virus from email recently and they asked us if we had any extra hard drives so they could replace the drive in that computer. This guy seriously isn’t the brightest. He got us set up with a 6 drive server that’s only 200GB with 4 virtual drives. I’m not sure what RAID but I’m guessing probably RAID 1. All these nonsense small things I know about makes it very obvious this guy is very incompetent 

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So your also in a small company ? So about 6 drives... does it look like one of these ? image.png.7362f0d667e66b24976f82751a6498de.png

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can't you just ask the next IT company you plan on hiring to deal with this IT stuff? just let the next guy change the passwords and whatever else they would need to do to keep the old one out. if the old IT guy does anything stupid just sue his ass and make him pay for everything.

 

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18 hours ago, Klemmbrett said:

So your also in a small company ? So about 6 drives... does it look like one of these ? image.png.7362f0d667e66b24976f82751a6498de.png

It doesn’t. It’s a full size rack mounted one

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10 hours ago, mad dudy said:

can't you just ask the next IT company you plan on hiring to deal with this IT stuff? just let the next guy change the passwords and whatever else they would need to do to keep the old one out. if the old IT guy does anything stupid just sue his ass and make him pay for everything.

 

It seems it would be as easy as that, but you have to get the passwords from the guy first. 

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