Warning over unattended PC peril

Research and advisory firm Gartner says that unattended PCs are “low-hanging fruit” for insider attacks and suggests that companies use time-outs to automatically log users out of application sessions or lock PCs. Threats from unattended computers include unauthorized access to personnel data, changing business information (to hide fraud, for instance), and sending email in someone’s else’s name. Users are resistant to time-outs, but Gartner believes objections can be overcome by holding users accountable for any misuse of their PCs.


The Register

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