Labs Tip: Protecting Data

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2006-04-10 Print this article Print

There is a simple tool at your fingertips that can close at least one area of data loss.

As high-profile data thefts and losses continue to populate the news headlines, many companies dont realize that they already have a tool at hand that they can use to find and close at least one potential area of data loss. Is it an advanced security analytics tool? Nope, its just a simple, ordinary search engine. Whether a search engine is pointed internally at portals and other intranet Web sites, or at the external company site, its busy indexing every page that is visible to users and the outside world. Basically, if the search engine can see it, then anyone can. Web mobsters are back with a public brazenness never seen before. Click here to read more.
There have been many prominent cases where an outside group found sensitive data on a company site using the companys own search engine.
Take pre-emptive action to close this hole. Come up with a list of terms found only in sensitive documents, such as HR payroll numbers, internal planning documents and product plans, and then use this list as search terms on your site. You may be surprised at what you find. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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