Business process outsourcing (BPO) is a common practice these days, but the benefits of BPO also come with an increase in risk. This requires a new way of looking at data security — as an "inside-out" threat environment - that is, from the data core out and as a problem of insiders that needs to be monitored. Here is a primer for dealing with the security challenges posed by BPO.
Its a sunny day somewhere thousands of miles away from your data center. A savvy hacker sits in front of his monitor. He checks the current black market rates for U.S. Social Security and credit card numbers then runs down his list of potential targets — a major university, a financial services company, two retail chains and an energy company.