Security: Security Threats Facing All Enterprises: Top 10 Issues That Need Attention

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-11 Print this article Print
Excessive Internal Data Access Privileges

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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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