With the current economic downturn, now more than ever an organization's sensitive data is at risk. Downsizing, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions can all leave security gaps in which disgruntled employees, contractors or creative hackers can steal information or compromise systems. This can result in tangible and intangible costs, including loss of data, loss of profit, lawsuits, and damage to the company brand, ultimately, wreaking havoc that companies simply cannot afford.
In fact, battered mortgage giant Fannie Mae, a recent bailout recipient, just announced they had discovered a worm that was intentionally planted by a disgruntled former employee. Adding insult to injury, this worm, if executed as it was planned on Jan. 31, 2009, would have wiped out millions of mortgage records and locked out the system access for a week " exposing mortgagees and the government to unfathomable repercussions. While this was averted by an F.B.I. sting, most companies are not so lucky.
To prevent the type of devastation and havoc one person can inflict on a company, Cloakware offers three tips for companies to take a proactive approach to prevent breaches and protect company assets. They include: