Thursday, July 06, 2006

Consultant Breached FBI's Computers

A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI's classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

The break-ins, which occurred four times in 2004, gave the consultant access to records in the Witness Protection Program and details on counterespionage activity, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. As a direct result, the bureau said it was forced to temporarily shut down its network and commit thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars to ensure no sensitive information was lost or misused.

Organizations of all size should consider their own vulnerabilities and threats. Hiring a consultant or company focused on information and corporate security can handle this request and provide their findings and recommendations. There are so many things that can impact an organization's ability to operate. Doing nothing or ignoring it, is doing your stakeholders a huge disservice.

Having a plan for information and corporate security is business due diligance at its finest.

Don't assume because you are small you have nothing of value. This applies equally to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, private or public.

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