Biggest security breach isn't from the bad guy on the outside; it's from within

SearchSecurity member Jim Burkhart gives advice for securing your enterprise against the enemy within.

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Biggest security breach isn't from the bad guy on the outside; it's from within

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The biggest security breach isn't from the bad guy on the outside; it's from within. The worst security breach comes from the uninformed and naive. The person who doesn't put much thought into a password. Or the person who plugs a modem into their machine using something like Carbon Copy because they want to dial in from home (Geez, you don't even need a password for that).

Implementing a solid password policy and modem restrictions is a good first step in securing your network. There are some good software programs out there like Telesweep Server from SecureLogix that will scan all the phone numbers in your company and tell you what is on the other end and whether or not a password is required to get in. There is no excuse for not covering the "honest mistakes" in your company.


This was first published in July 2001

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