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Check Point claims positives of WikiLeaks incident are raised awareness of data loss and employee access

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The WikiLeaks incident from last year highlighted the challenge posed to businesses when employees are given access to data that is above their grade.

In a roundtable discussion at the Check Point Experience in Barcelona, Check Point head of product marketing John Vecchi said that no matter what policy you put in place to stop data being copied, the WikiLeaks incident demonstrated the unenviable challenge for managers when it comes to access management.

Gabi Reish, head of product management at Check Point, said: “There is now increased awareness of data loss and preventing loss is a strategy, it is not about management and process, it is about involving all of the company and preventing all data loss. We need to educate and raise awareness and the one good thing about WikiLeaks is that raised awareness.

“Why do we lose data? It is because of unintentional mistakes on what is secure and not. A strategy of developing a product and using out-of-the-box policies is not good, rather it should be on what you want to block without asking the sender if they wanted to send or not.

“Check Point believes in an intuitive process of educating users and policy and gradually developing more and more on policies. Using technology as part of the policy helps raise awareness and with UserCheck you can raise the issue with the user.”

Speaking separately, Gil Shwed, CEO and founder of Check Point, commented that buying more weapons does not make you more secure, it is about how good your strategy is. “You need a straightforward strategy and the right measure to implement that, as most incidents start with a person making a mistake,” he said.

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