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Chapter 17. Data Security > Threats from Inside

Threats from Inside

One of the most serious threats to the security of business data comes from insiders: Those working within a company who decide to misuse computer or data files as a form of vengeance or for financial gain. This type of computer crime is extremely harmful, since it may involve information worth thousands and thousands of dollars. If a computer crime happens in your company, any insider could be a suspect. However, there are certain individuals who are likely to be investigated first:

  • Disgruntled employees may often take their vengeance out on the computer system in the form of sabotage.

  • A competitor or an employee who has recently quit or been terminated may be responsible for theft of computer data or software.

  • Outside users of a computer system via a communications system may attempt unauthorized sale of information, such as customer lists.

  • Computer programmers may attempt to take their programs with them or to create hidden embezzlement schemes.

  • Computer operators may alter or erase data on purpose.

  • Computer system engineers may attempt to alter security information or passwords.


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