Perimeter Security Leaves The Crown Jewels At Risk

Howard, Matthew
June 2005
Business Communications Review;Jun2005, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p60
Trade Publication
The article discusses the need of mini-perimeters defenses in order to enhance information security of enterprises. Enterprise strategies continue to focus on perimeter defenses. About 80 percent of corporate security breaches begin from inside the castle. With corrupt or careless employees putting electronic corporate assets at risk, companies need to rethink security, literally from the inside out. Today's businesses operate as part of a persistently connected global grid and a huge amount of their intrinsic value can be reduced to tiny bits and bytes that easily slip through a growing variety of electronic cracks. Intellectual property which used to fill multiple file cabinets now fits on an easily concealed optical disc or USB memory stick. Similarly, wireless technologies and handheld devices have spread like weeds. A recent study out of Michigan State University subjected 1,037 actual identity theft cases to forensic analysis and found that as many as 70 percent began with an employee stealing personal data from work.


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