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Watch out for that IT staffer

Maybe information technology staffers need to hire a public relations firm. A New York Times article uses the National Security Agency/Edward Snowd...
Keith ButtonJuly 1, 2013

Maybe information technology staffers need to hire a public relations firm. A New York Times article uses the National Security Agency/Edward Snowden leak case to raise the IT trustworthiness issue.
Can IT staffers at companies and government agencies be trusted, considering they are vital to keeping systems running and usually have unfettered access?
“The scariest threat is the systems administrator,” the article quotes the president of a computer security company as saying. “The system administrator has godlike access to systems they manage.”
Four of the suggestions from the Times article:

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  • Use the two-man rule, where two system administrators would have to sign off on an attempt to view sensitive information
  • Vet IT job candidates more carefully
  • Watch for signs of disillusionment in IT staffers
  • Keep IT staffers happy and contented

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