What Pablo Escobar’s downfall reveals about identity security


Security can be complex. Never more so than when digital identities are used to infiltrate otherwise seemingly guarded networks.

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Ben Bulpett, EMEA Director, SailPoint.

The case of U.S. Customs Agent Robert Mazur, who investigated the big Columbian drug cartels in the 1980s, shines a light on this. Using identity as a trump card, he posed as Bob Musella – an almost-legit ‘businessman’ and broker from New Jersey, with a taste for the high life and money. Through ‘Bob’, Mazur inveigled himself deep into the fabric of the international drug cartels and their money laundering operations to eventually bring down Pablo Escobar and his associates.

What has this got to do with cyber security in the enterprise, exactly?



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