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The Front Page of the New York Times

Posted March 1, 2012    Peter McCalister

Another day, another security breach. From the government, to banks, to healthcare, to major retailers, to beloved consumer brands, the only thing that seems safe to say is that no one is immune to the threats of today’s Internet-connected world. With strict breach notification legislation and regulations and the tenacity of today’s media, information security concerns are top of mind for businesses and consumers alike, pushing businesses that have not yet properly invested in the development of information security programs to get the right systems in place.

Billions of dollars have been spent by companies to keep the bad guys out, but it turns out, the biggest threat was, and always has been inside the network perimeter. Security risks introduced by over-privileged security accounts are one of the biggest causes for concern. Employees with full admin privileges can do whatever they desire with corporate desktop assets and ultimately may use that privilege to delete, modify or steal data – either accidentally or intentionally.

Additionally, inadequately secured and monitored passwords expose great security risks to organizations. Companies need to have the ability to track and log the use of passwords, while having visibility into the granular details about when someone logged in, the keystrokes they performed and the information they accessed, as well as having fast response time if a breach were to occur.

Without the right systems, in place organizations of all shapes and sizes leave themselves at risk for a breach and making the front page of the New York Times – but perhaps not for a reason they like.

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