Accident Prone Annie Requires New Policies For Control

BeyondTrust, August 19th, 2011

I introduced you to Accident Prone Annie as an archetype for the type of insider villain who may already be infiltrating your extended enterprise a couple of weeks ago and guess what? Almost every day I see an article that represents “Dave” as manifesting in another company with some measurable harm that was newsworthy.

The latest article I found was at and reported “Data Breaches Force Enterprises to Revise Privacy Policies: Gartner” and went on to say “As a result of recent high-profile data breaches and various changes in technology, organizations are expected to revise privacy policies by the end of next year, Gartner researchers predict. As cloud computing and location-based services proliferate, organizations are grappling with the privacy implications of having data reside outside corporate control, Gartner said in its latest report released Aug. 8” The article also went on to report “More than half of companies will tweak the policies they already have to bring them up-to-date with new technologies and computing models, Gartner said. Data breaches ranked high on the priority list because they affect so many aspects of the business. But preparing for and following up on breaches was “straightforward,” and privacy officials should not be spending more than 10 percent of their time dealing with data breaches, according to Gartner.”

Ultimately what is becoming recognized is that the average employee can and will make mistakes on a daily basis without tighter guidelines, policies and technology to prohibit regulatory, governance or compliance mistakes.