The risks of outsourcing

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What if you learned that your closest competitor had an indirect network connection to your company? Would you be worried? If you outsource any aspect of your company's functions, and that outsourcing vendor has your competitor as a customer, an indirect link may exist.

We are already familiar with other ways in which the boundaries of our network become fuzzy--remote access from home users, back-end access from customer-facing web servers, out-of-band maintenance access for hardware vendors, and so on. Now there is outsourcing. Depending on the nature of the ...

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