Employees are still the biggest cyber threat

Wednesday - 8/18/2010, 8:30am EDT

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  • It's the people you trust who post the biggest cyber security threats. According to a consensus survey by security vendor PacketMotion, employees pose the biggest threat to computer security. They often, if unwittingly, provide foreign governments and other outsiders direct access to sensitive networks and data. PacketMotion surveyed 22 government security experts during the recent BlackHat conference, according to NextGov. While most of the breaches are the result of regular employees not following security policies, network administrators also goof up from time to time, the survey showed.

  • Hewlett-Packard says it is buying Fortify Software to beef up its cyber security offerings. Fortify helps businesses identify and fix security weaknesses in their computer systems. HP and Fortify began marketing their software security technology as a package last year. For now, HP said that it will run Fortify as a standalone business before integrating the company into its broader software division. No word on the financial terms of the buyout.

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