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May 2007

Are you putting information at risk by using contractors?

The contractor you Hire can become the source of a security breach unless you take precautions. Contractors and consultants are commonplace and often embedded in many organizations. The use of third parties to augment capabilities adds tremendous flexibility to an organization. Contractors are vital resources that can help companies meet short-term demands and infuse skills and energy to help tackle even the most complex problems. At the same time, they pose tremendous risks to the organization. To do the job they've been hired for, contractors need connectivity to an organization's internal network services and data. Oftentimes they have access to very sensitive corporate data, including trade secrets, strategic plans and other intellectual property. And an organization--in a rush to hire a third party for help on a project or simply shorthanded--might not have time for due diligence or the resources to provide adequate supervision. All that adds up to increased risk for either accidental loss or malicious theft of data. But ...

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Features in this issue

  • Intellectual property protection do's and don'ts

    Theft of intellectual property is a growing problem but many companies are not prepared to deal with this security threat. Learn about the risk involved with trade secrets, why companies are failing to protect intellectual property and tips for data protection, including risk assessment, encryption, and corporate governance.

  • Product review: Watchfire's AppScan 7.0

    Product review of Watchfire's AppScan 7.0, an application security testing tool for developers, quality assurance teams and penetration testers. The security product runs on Windows XP, Vista or 2003 Server.

  • Bit9 Parity product review for endpoint security

    Product review of Bit9's Parity 3.5, a PC security tool designed to give enterprises control over what users can do on company computers and prevent executables in malware from running on desktops. Automatically installs SQL Server 2005 and Apache Web Server, which is used for remote administration.

Columns in this issue

  • Hacker demonstrates targeted attack

    Hacker Robert Hansen, also known as RSnake, demonstrates the pains cybercriminals take to target specific organizations and individuals through an exercise posted on his blog, which targeted the head of Google's spam team. Hansen's exercise underscores the threat companies face from today's organized and patient cybercriminals.

  • Fight cybercrime by understanding a hacker's mind and attack motive

    Computer crime laws and security policies aren't enough to combat increasingly sophisticated cybercrime. Understanding the criminal mind and a hacker's motive can help an organization determine what assets are most valuable and better distribute security resources.

  • Interview: PayPal CISO Michael Barrett

    PayPal's 133 million online customers are the biggest ocean for phishers to plunder. CISO Michael Barrett wants to make it safe to be in the water, and he's not going at it alone. Backed by PayPal's sophisticated fraud models and help from ISPs, Barrett is succeeding in protecting the most-spoofed brand on the Internet.

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