An employee at an investment bank read documents left on a shared printer. They contained information about upcoming mergers and investment decisions, and the employee used that information for his own financial gain.
One network-connected printer at a large beverage manufacturer ran out of ink, and continued to send out messages to all connected network segments. Those repeated messages crashed a dozen programming logic controller devices, and rebooting them halted production for hours. (more…)
Data breaches seem to make headlines every week. And as of late 2014, 43 percent of 567 U.S. executives surveyed said their companies experienced a data breach in the past year.
But what’s shocking is how unprepared U.S. companies are for these hacks: 80 percent of the executives said employee negligence was a root cause, and 27 percent of companies didn’t have a response plan in place.
Still, the threat of a hack has pushed network security to the top of the IT priorities list, and organizations are locking down servers and networks. But there are a number of less obvious targets that could still expose sensitive data. Printers are just one example of the ancillary devices that could leave your security strategy vulnerable. (more…)