With security breaches occurring at an alarming rate and becoming ever more severe, companies are wrestling with the question of how much security is enough to protect their customers’ privacy and their own legal positions.
A carefully planned security strategy is essential for firms to ensure their critical data isn’t compromised.
Covering All the Bases
When looking at the big picture of a company’s infrastructure needs, it’s clear that network solutions are key, but it is equally important for organizations to invest in other aspects of security.
An increasing number of financial transactions are taking place online, creating opportunities for crime as well as commerce. Companies are requiring more and more usernames and passwords, driving the need for multiple layers of protection to ensure that users really are who they say they are.
Instant Messaging (IM) attacks are becoming more commonplace as well. Last year, 2,400 unique worms and viruses emerged to exploit various IM networks, according to “Postini 2006 Message Management and Threat Report.”
Another corporate threat that’s on the rise is posed by employees who commit accidental or intentional security breaches. At times, there is too much trust within an organization, so some technology firms are busy conjuring up ways to watch database administrators — the very people who are supposed to be guarding the valuables.
For more on threats like these and the latest approaches to keeping data safe, download TechNewsWorld: Spotlight on Security and read “Is Your Data Security Tough Enough?”
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When talking about employees committing intentional or unintentional security breaches, outbound email is a major security concern.
Think about how many communications come in and out through this medium. Unintended distribution of email happens often and can cause major damage to businesses of any size (think about the recent Starbucks fiasco http://www.iwantmyess.com/?p=93).
Great article on this issue and email anti-theft software that can be used to stop it from the Seattle Times.