Fallout from This Week’s CIA Hacks – How Could This Have Been Prevented?

This week news broke of a massive theft of CIA documents, some of which ended up on the site of WikiLeaks.

The full consequences for this breach have yet to be seen, but the sensitive information in these documents could very well end up in the hands of criminals or foreign spies, all because “former U.S. government hackers and contractors” leaked the documents.

Whether your organization is in the public sector shielding sensitive government information, in the legal sector guarding client records, in finance protecting restricted material on publicly traded clients, or in human resources responsible for keeping employee information private – your valuable data is important and must be kept safe.

Unfortunately, companies now must stay vigilant not just against external hackers and cybercriminals, but also disgruntled employees, contractors, and other third-party vendors. The deck can seem stacked against companies, especially when tomorrow’s threat is today’s trusted team member. What can be done?

Restricting employee and vendor access can seem excessive and might affect their ability to perform the complete functions of their jobs, but there are tools available that can alert companies when certain warning signs are met. For example, if someone attempts to download more documents than they are authorized to, users’ accounts can be automatically locked, and administrators can immediately receive alerts (regardless of the time of day), so that they can follow up accordingly. The actions may be completely justified… but they also may be more nefarious.

With software like Guardian for eDocs and Guardian for Content Server, organizations can minimize risk and monitor access with peace of mind, and keep their OpenText investment protected. Click here to learn more or request a demo.

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