Internal Fraud

Internal Fraud

Enter PasscodeUnfortunately economic slowdowns can lead to downsizing, forced days off without pay, or lay offs.

This can be dangerous in the world of Information Technology [IT] where disgruntled employees may retaliate against their (former) employers.

Be cautious in these situations where the corporate decision has been to cut back in this area as typically these individuals have access to files and corporate information.

Ensure you have the right policies in place, safeguards, security measures, offsite backups, documentation, and knowledge to help protect the company from any issues. Unfortunately not all problems present themselves and sometimes they don’t surface for months down the road.

Auditing your companies IT infrastructure should be done on a regular basis, worst case once a year. This should be expected and not a surprise. It can help discover potential problems before they manifest themselves later on.

Many surveys have been conducted on fraud and it is generally concluded that the majority of fraud found within companies is committed from within.

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Note that the above is regarding any employees while below is IT specifically…

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IT to generate 5.8 million new jobs by 2013: IDC

“IDC predicts that the IT industry will be an engine powering economies out of economic doldrums, creating more that 75,000 new businesses in the next four years and adding jobs at a rate of 3 percent annually.

‘Countries that foster innovation and invest in infrastructure, education and skills development for their citizens will have a major competitive advantage in the global marketplace,’ said Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

‘In this fundamental economic reset, innovative technologies will play a vital role in driving productivity gains and enabling the creation of new local businesses and highly skilled jobs that fuel economic recovery and support sustainable economic growth.'”

More… http://www.physorg.com/news173940306.html

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Are You Really Protected?

Are You Really Protected?

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Are You Really Protected?

Unfortunately we have noticed many of the clients we deal with have a false sense of security. Just because you have anti-virus software installed on your workstations does not mean that you are protected and aren’t already infected.

Clients are always shocked when we are engaged to perform an audit of their network and we find screen loggers, key loggers, root kits, and downloader trojans. Some clients have issues with infected systems causing their legitimate emails to be blocked as they end up getting blacklisted on the Internet.

Unfortunately not all antivirus software is complete or current. You need to upgrade your antivirus software to the latest and also ensure that it is also scanning for Malware and Spyware. Viruses are no longer the predominant threat.

Recommendations:
– Ensure that you have the latest Anti-“X” solution.
– Educate your users to not click on the “too good to be true” links
– Configure your firewall to only permit your mail server to send outbound emails
– Have your network audited on a regular basis

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