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Protect Against Insider Threats

If we look back over the last 10 years at companies like Enron and WorldCom, it seems like CEOs have done a lot more damage than disgruntled managers. And chances are that employees are disgruntled because of the shady policies of crooked CEOs. The guys at the top guard against gnats while the real wolves pick the corporation apart. --Bob Ski

Insiders "hack" their current or former employers for a number of reasons. While the most common motivation is money, it can also be revenge, power, excitement, politics, and so on. While background checks can help, that doesn't negate the need for employee awareness and training for managers to spot warning signs in their employees--especially when doing periodic employee reviews.

When considering technology as part of the answer, incident prevention, detection, and management solutions can help augment an insider-threat remediation program. Finally, policies and procedures in place will not only help address malicious insiders but will also limit accidental damage caused by insiders. I've even seen situations where a simple whistle-blower program can be highly effective, as employees are one of your best lines of defense. --Brian T. Contos, CSO, ArcSight

Travel Light

Love the Sony, but I can tell you Cingular's network is not quite there yet, and that is the only connection that's built in. Most of the time you'll hit its "edge network," which is far less than broadband speed [and] closer to dial-up. If you're looking for a truly mobile Internet solution, go with Lenovo and Verizon. They all have their issues, but Verizon has the most extensive mobile broadband network to date. That may change in the coming months, but if you're not ready to wait, Verizon is the way to go. --Tim Millard

I have used a Treo and Stowaway keyboard for traveling. It's easy to get e-mail and voice in a single device. I also use a Margi SD video-out device so I can project PowerPoints from the Treo. I gave up the laptop because of the weight and the hassle at airport security of unpacking a computer. The other two advantages are that I have a camera with me, and I can use the Treo/keyboard on the dinky aircraft picnic trays even when the large man ahead of me decides to recline into my lap. --Dr. Brett

What, I'm supposed to feel sympathy for someone carrying a 6-pound laptop? The first portable cell phones weighed that much! --John Doyle

Show Me The Jobs

If you look at the third-quarter Bureau of Labor Statistics [figures], software occupations have lost 93,000 jobs. IT managers, though previously gaining jobs, also lost big. Statistical anomaly or trend? I'm waiting for one more data point so we can get the entire view of 2006. I would be much more cautious before predicting huge gains. My guess is that the optimistic outlook is politically driven, in order to get IT-friendly bills passed this session. They always go on a full-court press about how great the IT job market is just before this occurs. Show me the jobs, then we can brag about gains. Right now, I believe this is the same PR we always hear. You can fool some people some of the time. --R. Lawson

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