Secure Your Workplace When Going On Vacation

    Date10 Aug 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    ss you take the right precautions.

    In the first place, intruders using `social engineering' techniques will find that simple "Out of office" messages can give them an excellent foothold for breaching security. These messages often give information like where you are, how long you'll be away for, who will be taking care of things in your absence... and all of this information can in turn be used to trick unsuspecting or untrained switchboard staff into giving away even more information. . . . In the northern hemisphere, the long-awaited summer holidays are just around the corner for many workers. The longer days and warmer weather will see many people taking a well-earned break from the office. But leaving computers unattended for a few days can also be a problem unless you take the right precautions.

    In the first place, intruders using `social engineering' techniques will find that simple "Out of office" messages can give them an excellent foothold for breaching security. These messages often give information like where you are, how long you'll be away for, who will be taking care of things in your absence... and all of this information can in turn be used to trick unsuspecting or untrained switchboard staff into giving away even more information.

    To deal with this kind of problem, the best thing is to simply avoid leaving an automatic message (depending on your own company's policy, of course) and if you do, make it as brief as possible. Just say that you're not in the office and that's all. Most people won't be interested in exactly where you are or when you're getting back, and if they really are, they can easily contact someone else in the office to sort things out while you are away.

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