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Holiday Help Can Be Hazardous

As the holidays approach, lots of organizations are planning for downtime. And often those plans include hiring outside help.

That help could exact a high price for some IT professionals.

Hiring contractors and other temporary workers heightens security risk. At least two of the most
memorable data protection disasters of recent memory were attributable to errors made by hired hands.

It was a 22-year-old intern for the state of Ohio who lost sensitive data on over 1 million people while helping out on a database project.

An outside auditor compromised data on thousands of McAfee employees when a disk was left with a bunch of music CDs in the back pocket of an airplane seat.

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