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Broken Arrow: IT staff can wreak havoc even after leaving the job

According to a survey undertaken by Venafi, organisations need to quickly come to terms with how crucial encryption keys are to safeguarding the entire enterprise, as well as the heightened need for automated key and certificate management with access controls, separation of duties and improved policies

Data security and managed encryption services provider Venafi Inc says about 40% of IT staff have admitted that they could hold their employers hostage-even after they've left for other employment-making it difficult or impossible for their bosses to access vital data by withholding or hiding encryption keys. This is due to the lack of oversight and poor management of their organisation's encryption keys.

In a survey, conducted during the InfoSecurity 2011, Venafi said around 82% of companies now use digital certificates and encryption keys, and 43% admitted to being locked out from their own information, because people had left the organisation or keys were lost, and 76% said they would use automation if they knew it existed.

When organisations rely on the Internet and its corporate networks to conduct global business and facilitate worldwide communications, they deploy multiple layers of IT security hardware and software technologies-all designed to protect networks from unauthorised intrusion, cyber attacks and regulatory compliance violations.

However, due to the absence of automated management processes, solutions and practices, many organisations fail to gain complete control of its data encryption keys and certificate inventories.

Jeff Hudson, chief executive, Venafi, said in a statement, "It (data encryption and management) is no longer rocket science. Yet recently, costly breaches at Sony, Epsilon and elsewhere reinforce the need for both more encryption and effective management."

The data is based on a survey sample of 500 IT security specialists that was undertaken at the InfoSecurity 2011 event in April.
The survey reveals that organisations are taking huge risks with mission critical and sensitive business data. This risk is reminiscent of the situation Anglo Irish Bank found itself in when ex-employees held the organisation's encryption keys ransom after they left the organisation.

A third of the survey respondents said that their knowledge of and access to encryption keys and certificates, used for both system authentication and data protection, means they could bring the company to a grinding halt with minimal effort and little to stop them.

"Astonishingly, they claim that even after they have left, they still could cause havoc with their knowledge of the encryption keys, shared passwords and weak controls. 40% of respondents admitted that they would still have access to vital information and could manipulate it to their own ends-both to their company's financial and reputational detriment," the survey found out.

Venafi stated that 31% of the respondents said they could still access organisational data because they could easily retain the encryption keys when they left and access the information remotely.




5 years ago

The fat salaries given as demanded to the over-pampered IT and sales people vis-a-vis the otheremployees in big IT companies will play a Fukushima-loke havoc without warning. All round greed both of the owners/management and the so-called IT geniuses (who are otherwise expendable to the civil society) and the wide difference between the really dedivcated and loyal employees' recompense and the wealth given to the IT/Sales liaison MBAs is really going to sound the deathknell of these copmpanies. All good things have to come to an end one day!

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Bharti Walmart, Bharti Retail tie up with MoneyGram Intl

The service has been rolled out at 121 ‘easyday’ and 11 ‘easyday Market’ stores operated by Bharti Retail

Bharti Walmart and Bharti Retail have launched MoneyGram International’s money transfer service at their stores in association with Thomas Cook India.

The service has been rolled out at 121 ‘easyday’ and 11 ‘easyday Market’ stores operated by Bharti Retail across India and at six ‘Best Price Modern’ wholesale stores run by Bharti Walmart, the 50:50 joint venture venture between Bharti Enterprises and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Thomas Cook is a principal agent of Moneygram International in India.

“At Bharti Walmart, it is our endeavour to help people save money and the launch of convenient money transfer service through our stores brings us a step closer to achieving that,” Bharti Walmart managing director and CEO Raj Jain said.

As per RBI guidelines, Indian nationals can draw up to Rs50,000 in cash through the service after showing valid identity documents. For transactions above Rs50,000, they will be provided a cheque.

Foreign nationals can also avail of the service for up to $2,500.

“The tie-up will help Moneygram expand its footprint in India and increase the brand awareness,” Moneygram International executive vice-president Dan O'Malley said.

Currently, Moneygram services are available across 30,000 locations across India.


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