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Danger inside the firewall
Between the latest firewall technology and advanced intrusion detection systems, IT professionals are breathing a little easier. This is a big mistake. It may be easier to protect the network from external attack these days, but the greatest security risks still come from inside the DMZ. I work for a small, single-branch credit union in Minneapolis, and I am a one-man shop. If there's a technical problem, I'm the guy who has to fix it. Once a year, auditors from a large accounting firm come in to perform an audit for our year-end financial statements. In the past, the only tech support I needed to provide was to set up a local printer they could use from their laptops. I couldn't have given them access to my network if I wanted to, as their techs had their laptops locked down, and I couldn't make any changes to their setup.
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