GHOSTS IN THE MACHINES

8. February 2007, 18:26 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

An ever increasing problem for those enterprises looking for better LAN security are the numerous “ghosts” that are wandering about their networks.

These “ghosts” are the increasing numbers of employees or contract workers that can freely roam corporate networks undetected.

The results of a recent survey conducted by LoudHouse Research shows that the growing diversity of network users is creating a potentially huge security issue.

According to the survey:

  • 95% feel there is a need for identity controls on their networks.
  • 87% of respondents indicated they had a high number of multi-level user access.
  • 82% have moderate to high numbers of non-permanent workers that have network access.
  • 65% find network access is becoming more diversified and harder to manage.
  • 62% saw temproary workers as network threats.
  • 54% consider guest users network threats.
  • 51% regard contractors as a danger.

While it is often unavoidable to have a number of non-regular personnel that have access to part or all of a network, adequate security and access control implementation should minimize any damage a rogue usee can cause. Vetting who gets sensitive access should be a prime consideration.

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Keywords: security,access controls,contract workers,network threat

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