As the U.S. Congress debates a compromise deal regarding the U.S. government's controversial warrantless surveillance program, we discover that there's really no need to get permission from politicians to snoop.
The U.S.-based information security company Cyber-Ark recently surveyed 300 senior IT pros only to discover that one-third of them admitted to secretly snooping on employees.
Reuter's reporting also indicated that 47 percent of those folks said they had also accessed information that was not relevant to their role in the organization.
What's up with that?
Who knows, but apparently it's all about the passwords.
Admins with administrative passwords have "the keys to the kingdom," and can access an extensive array of applications and personal information.
The study also indicated that seven out of 10 companies rely on "outdated and insecure methods to exchange sensitive data."
If you're one of them, I'd like to suggest you do a little snooping on your own by checking out Tivoli's security management family of products.
From access to risk to identity management, though they may not entirely prevent an eager and wandering eye from checking out the boss's salary information, they can help automate the management of user identities and access rights across your organization.