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Consider the fact that most corporate executives have one copy of their email on their smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.), a second copy on their laptop, and a third copy on their corporate mail server. This clearly demonstrates that there is twice as much data outside the data center as inside the data center. Add to that the numerous USB memory sticks, CDs, backup tapes, cloud-based solutions, and data exchange interactions with business partners, and this number easily grows beyond what we normally consider.

We innately realize that data isn’t contained, yet corporate IT departments treat it as though it were. Why else would we spend disproportionate time and money reinforcing the data center perimeter with technologies such as authentication, access management, firewalls, network intrusion prevention, etc.? That is not to say that any of these technologies aren’t important. They definitely are. But, we need to concentrate on where our data currently resides; out on the endpoint.

Data does not live in silos. It moves freely outside the data center. In fact, IDC research shows that desktops/laptops represent the most serious concern for Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The endpoint represents a more immediate threat to data loss. IDC data also shows mobility is the number one-factor driving new security spending, suggesting that more organizations are taking heed and beefing up security measures beyond their datacenter perimeters.

End-user demands for access to the World Wide Web and all of the communication vehicles that it affords are at an all-time high. Business demands for those same communication vehicles are also on the rise. The mobility of employees and company data present a growing challenge and keeping up with the exponentially growing cyber crime threat is daunting.

As a result, and often without their knowledge or understanding, many IT departments have become accomplices to cyber crime. This slideshow explains the various ways that corporate IT departments are enabling cyber crime in our environments, and provides some guidelines to prevent this dangerous, destructive practice from continuing.

This slideshow features 10 ways that IT departments are enabling cyber criminals today, as identified by Kaspersky Lab experts, and offers ways to stop them.


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