Businesses losing fight against employee apps

From Techworld (Maxwell Cooter)

Enterprises are struggling to control the use of consumer applications within the workplace, despite the panoply of security tools being used within corporates.

According to new research [], nearly half of all bandwidth within corporate environments is being consumed by personal applications such as YouTube, peer-to-peer filesharing and various other consumer applications. Peer-to-peer is a particularly frequent problem, and according to the research, an average of six P2P  applications were found in 92 percent of the organisations surveyed. Read the full story []

10 Dos and Don’ts for security job interviews

From CIO (Joan Goodchild)

The pickings are slim in the job market and the time line of interviewing and then hiring new people is slow. But there are positions available in the security field, according to three veteran security recruiters that we spoke with recently.

If you get a call that you’ve got a shot at a job interview, every move counts. How can you have an edge over other candidates angling for the same position? Our experts weigh in on important steps to excel when you get your chance to wow a possible new employer.  Read the full story []

Survey: 1/3 of employees would steal sensitive data

From PC Advisor (Carrie-Ann Skinner)
More than one third of employees would steal sensitive company information if they thought they could earn a decent price from the theft, says Infosecurity Europe.
Research by the security event organiser revealed that of those willing to steal sensitive data, 63 percent would expect at least £1m for their troubles, while 10 percent want enough to pay off their mortgage. Worryingly, 2 percent admitted all they’d want in return for data theft was a slap up meal. Read the full story []

From ZDNet Zero Day
Now that Oprah’s all a twitter, it looks like everyone’s favorite micro-blogging tool is finally taking a hard look at security.
According to a job listing posted online, Twitter is searching for software engineers to focus specifically on application and infrastructure security.  Read the full story []

From Purdue University’s CERIAS
The economic crisis has affected virtually every facet of society, and information security is no exception. In a new report titled Unsecured Economies: Protecting Vital Information, researchers from Purdue University’s CERIAS security center lay out the fairly bleak view of what the tough times have done to corporate IT security.

By Joan Goodchild, CSO

Whether it is employees who travel frequently for their job or staff that work out of a home office full or part-time, their mobility poses serious security risks to your organization. Here are the common mistakes employees often make [] while telecommuting some advice on how to put a damper on them.

Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs in recent months, and a huge number of them are taking proprieatry company data with them when they leave, according to a new study. The study shows that almost 60 percent of people who leave or are fired from a job are swiping information.

Brian Krebs at The Washington Post has the full story on the report, which is the work of the Ponemon Institute.

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