IDG Contributor Network: The hidden security problem we all need to know about
Security is something that many enterprise users never want to think about – and often forget about – and those who do think about it assume that it’s running effectively in the background. Unfortunately, daily security breaches show that taking an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand just doesn’t make them go away.
A key way to combat these breaches is to be as vigilant and up-to-date on security vulnerabilities as possible. Unfortunately, we just can’t rely on tech vendors to keep us informed or protect us from all potential issues. Case in point, there is a key vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that has not received much attention, but one that every enterprise should be aware of: the lack of protection for temporary “tmp” files. While it’s convenient to undo edits in a Word document, for example, the resulting security tradeoff for leaving your file vulnerable is a big one.