Efficiently Isolating Contractors From Sensitive Data: The Many Advantages of Software-based Contractor Isolation


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Source: Apani
Date: March 2008
Type: White Paper
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Overview: For information security directors at large corporations, the growing reliance on contractors is a major concern. Local and offshore programmers provide businesses a competitive edge, but they also increase security risks. Often contractors are hired to rapidly solve problems while operating outside the security policies of employees. Once within the network, they have free access to confidential data and business systems. Even when access is restricted, these savvy individuals can easily jump to unauthorized systems-unknown to the corporation.

Unlike employees, contractors function outside normal policy controls. The sensitive work performed by many contractors places them within reach of customer data, confidential documents and strategic plans. Whether accidental or malicious, many contractors will find their way to off-limits data and systems.

How can businesses prevent contractors from accessing sensitive or business-critical data? Is there a cost-efficient way to isolate contractors from essential business systems?

To meet these challenges, businesses are turning to software-based contractor isolation solutions. Designed to limit the access of contractors without adding costly and complex firewalls or VLANs, these security solutions are helping large corporations protect their critical assets. This white paper will examine contractor security trends and reveal the many advantages of software-based contractor isolation.

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