Data Security Breaches from the Inside

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The former IT director of LifeGift Organ Donation Center in Texas has just been sentenced to 2 years in prison for intentionally deleting organ donation records after she was fired. According to IT World, "Court documents filed in connection with the case describe what's becoming an increasingly familiar tale of companies victimized by insiders." Apparently, the director used a VPN account to get into the database and wipe out "donor records, accounting invoice files, database and software applications, backup files and the software tokens needed to run some applications." She then deleted her VPN logs to cover her tracks.

This is just a reminder about the dangers companies face from the inside, especially when employees are savvy about IT. Did you know, for instance, that a recent study showed that over half of fired employees steal company data?

Curt Finch is the founder & CEO of a resource management software company.

Last updated: Aug 25, 2009




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