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Snowden's role provided 'perfect cover' for NSA data theft

Jaikumar Vijayan | Sept. 20, 2013
NSA official says fugitive document leaker wasn't "that clever,' he just happened to be in right place at the right time.

Platt said an employee, for instance, could download a customer database and take it to a competitor, a contractor could use his or her access to personnel information for personal gain, or a former employee could access applications as a corporate spy.

"Companies need to shift their thinking from an outside-in model of security to an inside out approach," said Eric Chiu, founder of Hytrust, a cloud infrastructure management company.

"Only by implementing strong access controls [like] the recent NSA 'two-man' rule as well as role-based monitoring, can you secure critical systems and data against these threats and prevent breaches as well as data center failures," he said.


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