Danger often lurks in the least expected places. Various studies confirm that between 70 and 90 percent of unauthorized data accesses originate from within the company.

Statistics show that most corporations believe their own employees pose no threat to loss of confidential information, while at the same time, fearing major financial losses due to inadequate Internet security. Effective security measures against outside threats, i.e., use of ftp, have already been established. However, security measures for potential internal threats such as theft of confidential information are for the most part not yet in place.

As email is increasingly becoming the most utilized method of both internal and external communication, sending a hidden attachment becomes quite simple. This open the doors for someone to either consciously or unconsciously send confidential company documents from within the company to outside source in what seems to be an innocent email attachment. The damage caused by these activities can be quite critical to most corporate entities. Most of a corporations confidential data as research results, for example, can found on the company intranet without any further protection.

Criminal activities, such as, theft of confidential company information (fraud, passing on customer and order data, manipulation of accounting data, and disclosure of development and research results) to the competition are a significant threat for which conventional firewalls do not offer any security.

An effective security solution is vital to protect oneself against these types of criminal activities. Content Security solutions are capable of offering protection against these crimes as an “add-on” to the typical security solutions that firewalls offer. Effectively blocking emails with content filtering policies, such as, lexical analysis that look for custom specific key words can prevent the sending of a document by blocking it and then informing the sender of the act.

 

 

 

 

 

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