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Helps prevent loss of data
Authored by: masonbrown on Aug 13, '05 05:48:52PM

With the speed data travels over the Internet today, any company serious about maintaining its private data as private is filtering Internet traffic. A good number of major companies are even having people, not computers, read every single e-mail sent outside the company before allowing it.

Imagine someone gains access to a database with employee information. They may be able to extract and distill information such as social security numbers, direct deposit account info, and salaries into a 10 MB file. Way too much to print out and take home, but easily within reason for sending via e-mail. Even if it's broken into 10 smaller files. Without any outbound traffic filtering or other controls, this is transmitted within seconds to the outside where it can be used for whatever purposes.

There's data much more critical to companies than personnel records. Drug formulas, market research, whatever. Anyone who allows unrestricted employee access to/from the public Internet is just asking for their data to become public.

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Helps prevent loss of data
Authored by: david-bo on Aug 17, '05 06:06:34PM

I don't think so. Why waste money on more or less useless security? If you are even the least talented you can easily work around obstacles like that, e.g.,:

1. Use a ssh client that supports whatever proxy the company is using and sftp the files to a computer outside
2. USB memory stick, zip, cd-r whatever
3. Steganography. Send yourself 'innocent' looking photos with data encoded into them.

You can't protect yourslef from all these methods, you can only be a good employer to whom the employees feel loyalty, responsibility etc.


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