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Insider Threat Protection Takes On New Level In Light Of Wikileaks

Lumension Security : 09 December, 2010  (Technical Article)
The UK Government has ramped up protection levels in the fight against insider threats as Wikileaks ruffles feathers in the corridors of power
The Prime Minister's national security adviser has ordered all Government departments to review their computer security in the wake of the WikiLeaks scandal, the Home Secretary, Theresa May said. Sir Peter Ricketts has asked for 'assurances' from all departments that their IT security is up to date, according to UKPA.

Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension, commented: "Wikileaks has been ramping up the insider threat level for some time. However, it is the release of a list of facilities that the US considers vital to national security, including UK locations, such as satellite locations and BAE Systems' plants, which have triggered another review of computer security.

"Security defences are often only bolstered when a risk is proved to have enhanced and with realms of highly classified information continuing to emerge it is no surprise that a further review of computer security is needed. The effectiveness of such a review will depend on whether Government departments are provided with the right guidance over their risk priorities.

"In the same way that Stuxnet raised the threat of cyber warfare into the public consciousnesses, Wikileaks has accelerated the need to change the way that sensitive information is accessed and downloaded. Removable devices have eased the way in which information can be taken out of an organisation and policies must be enforced to prevent unnecessary data removal."
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