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January 2006

Preventing Data Theft, Combating Internal Threats

Your worst enemy could very well be inside your network. We'll show you how to prevent insiders from sharing your most critical data. Your problem might not be a hacker trying to break into your network: It could be Jim in engineering, or Steve in sales--maybe even Cindy in production. Your employees could be snatching intellectual property and e-mailing it to competitors, or they could be inadvertently sending out confidential customer information. Employees who deliberately or unwittingly leak confidential information outside corporate confines pose a huge threat--one that businesses might overlook. This kind of data seepage can cost an organization millions of dollars and cause irreparable damage to its reputation. According to a 2005 U.S. Secret Service and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute study of insider breaches in critical infrastructure sectors, 81 percent of such breaches resulted in financial losses ranging from a $500 to "tens of millions of dollars." Additionally, 28 percent of the respondent ...

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Features in this issue

  • Mining NetFlow

    Your routers and switches can yield a mother lode of security information about your network--if you know where to dig

  • Help From Above

    Security managers are looking to the keepers of the Internet cloud for relief.

  • Secure communications

    by  Dr. Juergen Schneider

    This tip covers ways that you can secure a network to protect data from internal as well as external attacks.

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