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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Hidden threats to data

Many organizations have a good handle on external risk. They've implemented disaster recovery (DR), business continuance and security measures to protect their data and applications. On the internal security front, companies have instituted systems that limit physical and digital access to critical systems to reduce the likelihood of a disgruntled or unauthorized employee purposely or accidentally damaging/absconding with crucial data. But while focusing on these obvious perils, firms may overlook the seemingly mundane--but potentially more damaging--dangers that can arise due to lax administration and procedures. Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management are often subtle and may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks so you can take pre-emptive action to reduce or eliminate them. Internal risks stem from two broad exposure areas: Governance exposures: weaknesses in management practices (policy, ...

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