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# In order to keep the competitive edge gained by our extensiv

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19 Apr 2014, 08:03
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In order to keep the competitive edge gained by our extensive research and innovative methods, information security must remain a high priority for our company. The information stored on our networks including everything from research data, to training materials, to company memos - could potentially be very valuable to competitors and foreign governments alike. All employees must work to protect company information, not only through passwords and data encryption, but also through the physical control of company assets, such as laptops.

If all of the above statements are true, which of the following statements can be most directly inferred?

A. Passwords are often inadequate forms of security, leading to the need for "physical control" over data storage objects such as laptops.

B. Employees are not allowed to discuss their research with anyone other than fellow company employees.

C. Company information carries a high monetary value, making the network attractive to hackers.

D. The company is willing to go to great expense to protect its information.

E. Employees must attend classes to learn to use the latest security software.

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Situation: A company prioritizes information security in order to protect its ability to compete.

Reasoning: What inference can be drawn from this information? The theme running through the entire passage is the importance of maintaining secrecy. The first and second sentences contain reasons for secrecy, and the third an insistence that employees use a variety of means to maintain it. The correct answer, then, will be an extension of the argument for secrecy.

Passwords and physical control are both methods recommended for maintaining secrecy, but one is not prioritized over the other in the passage.

This sentence is a logical extension of the company's policies about information security. Not discussing research with anyone other than company employees is another method of maintaining secrecy.

Though the passage mentions the value of company information, it does not specify that the value is monetary, nor is the passage specific about fears of attracting hackers.

The passage does not discuss real or potential costs for maintaining information security.

The passage concentrates on the importance of information security, rather than the training of employees to maintain it.

Why not A ? - doesn't not only - but also construction suggest password are not enough ?

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20 Apr 2014, 05:15
IMO A.
Company is emphasizing "not only through passwords and data encryption, but also through the physical control of company assets, such as laptops"

we can infer : passwords can not ensure complete security. thus, physical measures required.

I rejected B because argument says that all employees must work to protect company information, but measures are focused to protect electronic data only.
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26 Apr 2014, 23:51
PiyushK wrote:
IMO A.
Company is emphasizing "not only through passwords and data encryption, but also through the physical control of company assets, such as laptops"

we can infer : passwords can not ensure complete security. thus, physical measures required.

I rejected B because argument says that all employees must work to protect company information, but measures are focused to protect electronic data only.

While A) is tempting due to the needs for physical control, A) is talking specifically about control over data storage not just company assets. They need control over the information and therefore B) is the only answer that maintains control over the information whether electronic, physical (printed info) or verbal.

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27 Apr 2014, 22:33
PiyushK wrote:
IMO A.
Company is emphasizing "not only through passwords and data encryption, but also through the physical control of company assets, such as laptops"

we can infer : passwords can not ensure complete security. thus, physical measures required.

I rejected B because argument says that all employees must work to protect company information, but measures are focused to protect electronic data only.

The argument does not hint that one way protecting the data is better than the other. So A cannot be the answer.

The theme of the argument is that the data must not be leaked.

Though the question is not a standard GMAT question, as Option B too has loopholes.

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06 Jan 2018, 08:54
Why is choice C wrong here ?? Could someone explain ?
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07 Jan 2018, 22:14
"High monetary value" = Red flag...Information can be valuable without having a high monetary value.Also "Hackers" by the same logic is out of scope.so C out

If "often" from the option A would've been replaced with something like "Not always" I think A would have made sense.
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08 Jan 2018, 02:59
redskull wrote:
"High monetary value" = Red flag...Information can be valuable without having a high monetary value.Also "Hackers" by the same logic is out of scope.so C out

If "often" from the option A would've been replaced with something like "Not always" I think A would have made sense.

Thanks Redskull.

Your explanation makes sense now. Choice C is out of scope. But so is choice B because the argument no where says that employees are not allowed to discuss their research with anyone other than fellow company employees. The argument only states that employees must work to protect such information. Moreover 'not allowed to discuss with anyone' ?? is an extreme claim. What if they had to discuss about it with their supervisors or seniors within the company for example ?, then this wouldn't make sense. I somewhat disagree with the OA.

The good thing about choice A is that it does not deviate from the facts given in the argument. Moreover we can overlook the word 'often' as you mentioned as we have four other choices that deviate from the facts given to us.

Therefore in my opinion choice A is the best answer. I hope the everyone else agrees to this.
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12 Jan 2018, 04:09
I tend to disagree with B. May be employees can discuss their past research (which is patented and commercialized) with anyone other than fellow employees.

I choose A
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12 Jan 2018, 04:59
IMO OA is B.

I concentrated on the word 'network'.
It means that company employees can share their extensive research and innovative method.
Also, the company required that protect company information by using some method.
It means that company do not allow to share their asset with not employee of the company.

A. Passwords are often inadequate forms of security, leading to the need for "physical control" over data storage objects such as laptops.
-> The passage said 'not only through passwords'.
This does not mean that passwords is not adequate forms of security.
'Not only A but also B' means Both A and B are correct.
B. Employees are not allowed to discuss their research with anyone other than fellow company employees.
-> Correct.
C. Company information carries a high monetary value, making the network attractive to hackers.
-> 'Hacker' is not mentioned.
There is a possibility that there is a spy in the company, so we cannot assure that hacker will rob the information.
: This is just my thinking
D. The company is willing to go to great expense to protect its information.
-> incorrect.
Using password and physical control of company assets does not need to use great expense.
E. Employees must attend classes to learn to use the latest security software.
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26 Jan 2018, 09:19
Option B

If all of the above statements are true, which of the following statements can be most directly inferred?

A. Passwords are often inadequate forms of security, leading to the need for "physical control" over data storage objects such as laptops. Nowhere it is mentioned that passwords are inadequate forms of security. We need to pay attention over the word "INADEQUATE" here.

B. Employees are not allowed to discuss their research with anyone other than fellow company employees. Correct

C. Company information carries a high monetary value, making the network attractive to hackers. Out of scope

D. The company is willing to go to great expense to protect its information. Cant be inferred way too exaggerated

E. Employees must attend classes to learn to use the latest security software - Out of Scope
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