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Yorkshire Post Public Snooping Revelations Come As No Surprise

CyberArk Software : 07 January, 2011  (Technical Article)
Cyber-Ark comments on the revelation of trusted public sector workers using their privileges to snoop through private records and believes that this is no rare phenomenon
Disciplinary records obtained by the Yorkshire Post from police forces, NHS trusts and local councils across Yorkshire have exposed many cases of public workers being caught looking up private information about people they know.



Mark Fullbrook, Director UK & Ireland at Privileged Identity expert, Cyber-Ark, has said the following on the news:



“As always, it’s disconcerting to see individuals with certain powers and privileges abusing their position for their own gain.  Whether it’s stealing sensitive information or, as seen in this case, simply satisfying an individual’s curiosity, there is still a fundamental breach of information security taking place.



“This problem, however, is hardly a rarity. Indeed according to Cyber-Ark’s own research, 35% of IT professionals believe that their companies’ highly sensitive data has been handed over to competitors**, underlining the significant threat that can exist within an organisation.



“The onus is therefore on business leaders to do more to combat this issue.  Technologies have to be put in place which provide a robust series of checks and balances, ensuring that information is held securely and all sessions and activities are logged and monitored. This, coupled with employee education around the importance of information security is the only real way to ensure that data is truly locked down.”
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