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Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "IT pros blow the whistle on the less-than-white lies and dark sides of the tech business, in Dan Tynan's 'Dirty Secrets of the IT Industry': 'Do sys admins wield power far beyond the CIO's worst nightmares? Are IT employees routinely walking off with company equipment? Can the data you store in the cloud really disappear in an instant? Are you paying far too much for tech support? ... IT pros usually know where the bodies are buried. Sometimes that's because they're the ones holding the shovel.'"
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Dirty Secrets Of The IT industry

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  • From TFA:

    He says the solution comes down to getting a better handle on two things: reducing access to get to a "least privilege" model, and continuous monitoring of who is accessing data.

    "The organization needs to be able to see who has access to what data, who the data belongs to, and who has been accessing which files," he says. "From there, IT can involve the data owners directly to make informed decisions about permissions and acceptable use."

    From the Office of Strategic Services (CIA's predecessor) Simple Sabotage Field Manual:

    (13) Multiply the procedures and clearances involved in issuing instructions, pay checks, and so on. See that three people have to approve everything where one would do.

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