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silicon.de, Germany / Internet – February 23, 2010

 

German companies are too optimistic about their data quality, when it comes to granting user accounts and conceding IT privileges, writes Silicon.de´s Anja Schütz. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of identity management specialist Völcker Informatik, one fifth of responding CEOs assume that at least 50% of Germany´s SMEs are able to correctly attribute user accounts in Active Directory, Lotus Notes, SAP or other business critical applications to an existing person still employed by the respective company.

Another 23% believe that this ratio is in between one quarter and half, while 35% expect 10-25% of companies to be able to do so. “This result is far away from reality,” comments Peter Weierich, spokesman for Völcker Informatik AG. The company specializing in identity management and auditing systems has found in an examination of 70 companies that only two of them were able to correctly attribute all of their user accounts to an existing person that was still on the payroll. “Executives and CEOs should urgently rethink and order consistent verification of their data,” recommends Weierich.

(Original article in German)

 

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  1. Clinton Jones
    This extract of course describes a more persave problem that persists at a global level, not just in Germany. Thanks for mentioning it. Of particular concern would be the fact that historically methods to perform hygiene on ones’ data has been difficult and not only in SAP systems.
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