Security means...?04/10/2007 Written by Jakub Maslowski
We all heard about companies spending cash on security audits, following very strict security polices, hiring security specialists etc. And all that to feel safe and whats more important to look safe outside as this starts to be important vector in war for customers. Study shows that companies started to realize that remote workers are dangerous for them, so everything what can be done is being done to minimize this danger.
From deploying virtual private networks, implementing token authorization and training staff in matter of potential harm, that can be done by hackers, if they succeed, to takeover a single home machine that is used to “get work done”. IT department is often helpless to warn about what is getting to be installed (i.e. updates of operating systems or antivirus software) and who got access to those home desktops. People responsible for security in companies know that hacker who manages to steal login information using some sort of virus, could cause havoc in company’s network not even knowing where the building of company is located, so workers that demand remote access from their employers often gets “work-laptops”.
But that doesn’t solve all the problems, as more and more often we read about personal data getting exposed in… laptop theft! Gap Inc. stated that laptop storing personal information of more then 800 thousands job applicants was stolen from the offices, Computerworld informed on last Friday. Data including Social Security numbers along with other personal info.
CEO Glenn Murphy in a statement said: “We’re reviewing the facts and circumstances that led to this incident closely, and will take appropriate steps to help prevent something like this from happening again.”
Wasn’t there enough such “accidents” earlier this year to learn about it? Why actions are being taken now? What will change after this incident that couldn’t be done before it happened? Once again we are witnessing data breach, that proved that no matter how much cash you will spend, how strict your security policy will be, how much time and effort you put in training your staff, you are never safe, and we should keep that in mind submitting our personal information to different sources.…next time it could be you!