Security is a hot topic right now. It seems like I hear about a new data breach or hacking attempt every week. But, while we usually hear about the external attacks, the internal attacks (which typically go unreported) are far more dangerous.
What happens when (seemingly) good IT workers go bad? That’s the focus of this interesting article on Computerworld.com. It highlights a few different cases, and gives some good tips on how to avoid it in your company.
This article brings up some other good points as well. For example, it mentions that some IT workers consider revenge when they find out they’re losing their jobs to outsourcers. But, here’s another question: What if outsourcers go bad? As more and more companies outsource, I think we’ll hear about that more often. What happens if your developers halfway around the world decide to take advantage of you or steal private information? What do you do?
Also, the article highlights the importance of good backup plans. Is there only one employee with access to important network passwords and information? I hate to sound morbid, but what if that employee passed away? What if that employee just quits one day and doesn’t tell anyone? What would you do?
While there’s no sure-fire method for avoiding all internal attacks, the article mentions some relatively simple steps you can take to minimize money loss should the unthinkable ever occur. Of course, if you have any good tips for avoiding internal attacks, I’d love to hear them.