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An independent survey published by UK company Secerno suggests that databases are open to attack from growing insider threats

October 18, 2006

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OXFORD, U.K. -- An independent survey published today by UK company Secerno suggests that databases are open to attack from growing insider threats. Key findings from the survey were:

  • Over 60 per cent of UK employees have access to computer records at their place of work

  • 41% have access to records that are not necessary for their job

  • One in ten has been tempted to abuse this access.

  • 56% of employees have no restrictions placed on the information they have privileges to access.

Databases lie at the heart of most companies, and contain many of the most valuable assets of these organisations, and indeed of their customers. These assets range from research data, development plans and price lists through to Social Security numbers, credit card information, health records and buying habits. [1]

Until now, there has been no way of stopping internal employees who have the necessary permissions to access a database from abusing those rights. In addition the incidents of database attacks originating outside the company are growing rapidly. A few high profile examples are hitting the headlines but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The trend now is towards targeted database attacks, using skilled hackers to obtain specific data from a specific company, by getting access through conventional firewalls, or by corrupting web applications, often with insider assistance[2] . There has been no effective way of addressing these vulnerabilities.

“Secerno.SQL, which we are launching today, is a totally new generation of security product. For the first time it is now possible for companies to protect their databases effectively from both insider abuse and targeted attacks.” said Paul Davie, CEO and co-founder of Secerno.”


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