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Re: Securing workstations from IT guys
From: "Michael R. Martinez" <mike () security-bounce com>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 23:11:03 +0000

There has got to be a better way than taking an investigation out on all employees. Have you identified any IP 
addresses that are creeping on your clipping levels, what exactly are you trying to do? Do you feel corporate espionage 
is occuring? There are so many ways to catch someone doing the wrong thing, but don't you feel that ultimately if end 
users are doing the wrong thing that it is up to you as the security guy to put in place the appropriate controls and 
preventitive measures to prevent this. In my opinion this is going to be far to time consuming wasting good time like 
this when proper planning and controls could have been put in place. This I wouldn't even consider because there are 
many laws that protect employees from this behavior. In one case the judge ruled that employees do have rights to 
privacy and an employer should let employees know that their systems are monitored and that the employee agrees to 
those terms of privacy being revoked, smyth v. Pillsbury. Just my two cents!
Michael R. Martinez
TF: 800-987-7307

-----Original Message-----
From: "Nick Vaernhoej" <nick.vaernhoej () capitalcardservices com>

Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:10:27 
To:"security-basics" <security-basics () securityfocus com>
Subject: FW: Securing workstations from IT guys

A key logger? At what point are we crossing the line of common decency
towards co-workers?
This with the understanding that the person snooping in HR material is a
scumbag, however, the remaining innocent PC's of the pool in question
will be receiving the same treatment.
I realize it is company property and all, but if you log access to
sensitive files and audit these logs do you really need to be more

This is not an attack, more a tagged on question to everyone?
Is keystroke logging commonly accepted by you within a corporate

Nick Vaernhoej
"Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur."

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Vandenberg, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:18 AM
To: security-basics
Subject: RE: Securing workstations from IT guys

Those are good points.

I would recommend that you put in a keystroke logger program with the
written approval of your upper management on the PCs in question and
then download the logs each day.  That way you are able to create a
forensics "e-Trail" that can be used to confront/counsel/etc. them.  I
would also make sure that you look at your documenation and ensure that
each IT person has signed a document stating that they will not use
their abilities improperly.  Combine those two and you have a means of
pursuing them legally.

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