By Joan Goodchild
March 18, 2009
Data protection is not just an IT security issue. But security industry
analyst Steve Hunt, who heads up Hunt Business Intelligence, believes
too many people in IT security still have that false perception.
"There are so many physical security aspects to data protection it ought
to never be considered merely an IT security issue," Hunt said.
Instead, noted Hunt, sensitive data is sitting on USB drives, in the
garbage, in the discarded fax pile and plenty of other places, waiting
to be found by criminals. (For lots of additional examples of how
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Good old-fashioned dumpster diving. It might sound like a 90s tactic,
but Hunt thought it would still work as a way to garner sensitive
information.With that in mind, Hunt headed to the trash bin at what he
describes as "a big bank in a big city." He was in and out of the
dumpster in three minutes, according to his estimate. In that short
amount of time he came up with the following items (Check out the video
below to see Hunt's walkthrough of the results):
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