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Wikileaks Could be You Without Privilege Identity Management

Posted February 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

Those that follow this blog have probably seen us write on Wikileaks before. We covered it here and eWeek invited us to cover the topic for their knowledge center here. Our message is that Wikileaks isn’t just for government or military organizations. Half of the leaked information on Wikileaks is on private organizations and Julian has suggested that corporations are next on the chopping block.

That means Global 2000 organizations need to start thinking now about how they’re going to prevent the next Wikileak on their organization in 2012 or beyond.

So I wanted to share that Basline also made it crystal clear in a recent piece on Wikileaks. A few excerpts from the article:

  • “it can happen to any organization”
  • “businesses should view this incident as a major data security wake-up call”

The post also claims that a mere rumor of a Wikileak on Bank of America effected the stock price. A recent Financial Times article also highlights how little legal recourse there is to a Wikileak and a ZDNet poll shows it’s made 40% of organizations think again about security. Are you rethinking your security? And if so, are you also acting on it?

The author of the Baseline piece emphasizes the need for response plans for breaches of this nature. Those plans should include a way to identify who made the leak, when and exactly what they may have leaked, requiring logs and traceability.  We have seen that implementing a privilege identity management solution can help mitigate a portion of these risks by implementing a least privilege solution, controlling access to sensitive information and tracking use at a keystroke log level.

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