Protect Yourself Against Rogue Employees

    Date20 Sep 2005
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    You have problems. The annual report spreadsheet has disappeared from a server. A virus is loose in company e-mail. Someone has access to the network through some kind of back door. Those are big problems.

    The natural reaction is to suspect the dark legions of black hat hackers, but the truth might lie closer to home. In fact, the computer crime survey annually produced by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI has consistently shown that network security risks are as likely to originate inside the firewall as without. In other words, rogue employees can often be an organization's biggest enemies.

    "Just about every company has experienced some kind of data loss or interruption incident because of the actions of an employee," Info-Tech Research analyst Carmi Levi says. "Whether it's inadvertent or malicious, the result is the same. It doesn't matter how it came to be, the fact that it came to be is the problem."

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