Production data in non-production systems: a big security risk

Do you have test-bed or staging systems that hold real corporate data? As this article from a couple of years back points out, sometimes using real data for testing is unavoidable because the software doesn’t work with fake data:

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Following-the-Wh1t3-Rabbit-Down/What-We-re-All-Forgetting/ba-p/2408011 

However, having real data on those test systems increases your exposure to security risks. This more recent follow-up article discusses how that can work in a real security breach, and why it’s so important to make sure that non-production systems are protected to the same extent as the production systems, as well as tips and techniques for addressing this problem:

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Following-the-Wh1t3-Rabbit-Down/Ticking-time-bombs-Production-data-in-non-production-systems/ba-p/5725861

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