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According to security experts at data governance outfit Varonis, 2013 will be the year of the salami attack. On the plus side, they also predict that the world will not come to an end on December 21st 2012.

It's not just salami that your business needs to worry about in terms of tech though. Varonis also points towards challenges such as the growing gap between people in a company who know how to find information and those who do not (the importance of intelligent internal search, retention and data archiving), the growing gap between how people use technology at work and at home (who owns the IP of a document created on a personal device, for example?) and the closing collaborative gap (business needs to collaborate with third parties in the same efficient way they do with internal partners).

But that's all by the by, anyone reading this is probably wondering just what the heck a salami attack is and conjuring up images of a masked man hitting the servers with a spicy sausage. Thankfully, Varonis co-founder Yaki Faitelson can clarify: "A bit like a sandwich is pieced together one ingredient a time, we believe that the vast expanse of information about employees and business partners poses a new and very real threat to organisations. All the individual scraps of information about an individual online can be researched and pieced together to create a complete picture – who they are, where they work, what school their children attend. It’s all there waiting to be plundered and the primary thing that saves most people is nobody is looking for them. But what if someone were? It’s important that, as an organisation, you make sure your employees – especially those in key positions, are made aware of the risks. Consider collecting the information that’s easily accessible on one employee to demonstrate what can be done to really bring the message home."

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As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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But that's all by the by, anyone reading this is probably wondering just what the heck a salami attack is and conjuring up images of a masked man hitting the servers with a spicy sausage.

I love to eating salami with swiss chesse. I'm no quite understand why salami is related to IT news.

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I'm no quite understand why salami is related to IT news.

Because IT people like eating salami, it is their fuel (well, at least not for me...)

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Because IT people like eating salami, it is their fuel (well, at least not for me...)

I'm not sure about that. But salami is good.

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Well, your an IT person (or at least your knowledge of it is significantly higher than most of the daniwebbers) and you eat salami and enjoy. So you question is answered... Salami is relevant to IT.

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