Security: Security Threats Facing All Enterprises: Top 10 Issues That Need Attention
Excessive Internal Data Access Privileges
System administrators with complete access to servers and data pose a tremendous internal threat if they turn against the company. So does anyone (including executives) who maintains inappropriate access rights to information after changing positions within a company.
What are the most worrisome security problems now facing small and midsize businesses as well as large enterprises? Some, such as social engineering threats that fool employees into downloading viruses, have been around for years and aren't fading away. But an increasing number of companies are falling victim to hacktivism, a phenomenon most CIOs have only started to think about counteracting. But the biggest problem is simple stupidity. Lax access policies and internal employees are still the biggest source of security headaches. A recent Verizon report backs this up, with research indicating that 96 percent of attacks are not sophisticated and 97 percent are easily avoidable. In the following slide show is a list of current security concerns for enterprises, ranging from one-person businesses to large companies. Our resource is Quest Software Chief Technology Officer Nick Nikols, who has more than 19 years of experience in the software industry. Nikols has extensive background in identity and access management and has developed identity, security and compliance management products.