Technology Blinders

Many security practitioners have been asking if there are any special technologies that they should be paying attention to given the current economic climate and its impacts on corporate budgets, including security budgets. The answer is “Yes” — and...

Can and does IT alert the Security department of an unusually high level of material copying activity? Is remote computer system access and after hours physical access suspended upon notice of termination, rather than after the employee has left? Are other appropriate security measures put in place?

IT departments are typically not set up to interview or brief employees, but Security and HR departments are. When the data access of departing employees is restricted, departing employees can ask colleagues to copy information for them. The favor is likely to be granted if the excuse for doing so seems reasonable — unless employees are briefed about this potential situation.

An updated protection strategy is required for both information systems and physical security during downsizing. A recent survey, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Symantec Corp., reveals that more than half of departing employees will steal corporate data. The study’s 24-page report, entitled “Data Loss Risks During Downsizing,” was published in February and is available at (registration required). Security and HR practitioners, as well as management, need to be aware of this report’s contents and follow up to address the relevant risks.

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How is the current economic situation affecting your security budgets?

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Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III is the principal consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS), a firm that provides security consulting services for public and private facilities. Mr. Bernard has also provided pivotal strategic and technical advice in the security and building automation industries for more than 18 years. He is founder and publisher of The Security Minute 60-second newsletter ( For more information about Ray Bernard and RBCS go to or call 949-831-6788.