What You Should Do

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2002-12-01 Print this article Print

Worried about outsiders breaking into your network? Don't overlook your own employees. Just ask Autotote, where a software developer almost stole a $3 million jackpot.

Securing Your Network From Insiders

  1. Limit access. Set strict rules on who has access to production servers, where data is most sensitive, and enforce them
  2. Create activity logs. Activate auditing mechanisms and review such logs randomly—and religiously
  3. Monitor the network. Establish a separate authentication server that stores monitored data in a secure location that programmers cannot access
  4. Hire carefully. Do background checks on all staffers who have access to critical data
  5. Regulate hours. Deny employees access to the network during off-hours

Senior Writer
Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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