White Paper | January 26, 2011

White Paper: Ten Ways The IT Department Enables Cybercrime

Source: Kaspersky Lab

We hope that by now you've already read Kaspersky Lab's whitepaper, "Waging War At The Endpoint." If not, please download and read that whitepaper prior to proceeding (in the resource section.) "Waging War At The Endpoint" focuses on the real target for cybercriminals today—the endpoint, or the employee. This whitepaper focuses on how IT unknowingly enables cybercrime by giving cybercriminals access to systems and data through a series of misconceptions and false assumptions.

End-user demands for access to the World Wide Web and all of the communication vehicles that it affords are at an all-time high. Business demands for those same communication vehicles are also on the rise. The mobility of employees and company data present a growing challenge and keeping up with the exponentially growing cybercrime threat is daunting.

As a result, and often without their knowledge or understanding, many IT departments have become accomplices to cybercrime. This document explains the various ways that corporate IT departments are enabling cybercrime in our environments, and provides some guidelines to prevent this dangerous, destructive practice from continuing.

This paper discusses 10 ways that IT departments are enabling cybercriminals today, and offers ways to stop them, based on third-party research and analysis from Kaspersky Lab experts. How does your organization measure up to these all-too-common pitfalls?

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