Employee incompetence is a hacker's best friend

Tech stories of data vulnerabilities caused by incompetence and overlooked details by executives, IT managers, or admins

Security breaches -- they're an IT issue that's difficult to prevent completely, but even harder when the threats develop from the inside, whether it's hardware stolen by dishonest employees or data loss caused by oversight within the ranks.

How does a techie deal with security issues effectively when executives, IT managers, or fellow admins don't take the necessary precautions? Bureaucracy and incompetence make for tricky situations.

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Off the Record submissions

Here are a handful of stories from the Off the Record archives that are written by tech pros about their memorable experiences dealing with security vulnerabilities that could have been prevented. Security technology and procedures may change, but handling users' security misunderstandings or oversights does not.

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