QUICK AND EASY SECURITY CHECKS

24. February 2007, 21:21 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

The Internet can be a wonderful place to find information about many things. The one thing you don’t want though is for it to be a place to find out about things you regard as confidential information from your business. Here are a few quick and easy ways to check for possible security leaks without ever leaving your chair.

  1. Search Usenet newsgroups and Google Groups for your company name, and any domain names. Using a main search mechanism such as Google may not always show what information is out there. Forums and discussion boards can often yield surprising results. Adding relevant terms along with your comapny names such as support, install, error or problem can often lead to discussions about flaws in your products or services.
  2. Check for sites that may represent a forum critical of your company. These often have names like “companynamesucks.com” or “companynamesux.com”. Often these site, while typically full of anger and vitriol by dissatisfied customers and employees, can often reveal information leaks or provide insight into obscure happenings in a firm.
  3. Check for your company name on vault.com. This gossip board for employees and ex-employees of large companies can often yeield useful and startling insights.
  4. Browse the résumé section of the job sites. Employees looking for other employment can often be revealing in many ways, not the least of which are details about projects, etc. underway.
  5. Check the job listings at those same sites if you use them for recruiting. You don’t want too narrow a focus but enither do you want it too broad - or too revealing of possible confidential material.

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