Ellen Libenson

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Some years ago, a small manufacturing firm was hijacked by its IT employees. They didn't use weapons, but they did commit murder: They killed the business. Unfortunately, they were aided and abetted by the company's own lax security policies. The firm had ignored the best practice of segregating duties: The IT employees who developed the core manufacturing software were also tasked with administering the system, supporting the end users and managing the backup process. When business conditions required the company to reorganize its IT staff, some of the employees who were to be laid off took revenge by sabotaging the mission-critical application. They erased audit trails, reassigned user rights, and even destroyed the backup tapes. The manufacturer never recovered. While this may be an extreme example of the havoc supposedly "trusted" insiders can wreak, it's not ... (more)