GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 19 Aug 2018, 04:33

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# V02-28

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 47983

### Show Tags

16 Sep 2014, 01:57
00:00

Difficulty:

65% (hard)

Question Stats:

55% (01:10) correct 45% (01:20) wrong based on 95 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

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. The company should install more effective anti-virus software.
B. Using passwords is not the only security measure recommended for the 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.

_________________
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 47983

### Show Tags

16 Sep 2014, 01:57
Official Solution:

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. The company should install more effective anti-virus software.
B. Using passwords is not the only security measure recommended for the 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.

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.
1. This statement is out of context. Nothing has been mentioned about anti-virus softwares in the passage.
2. This sentence is a logical extension of the company's policies about information security. The third sentence states that employees should not only use passwords, but also practice physical control. Hence password control is not the only thing recommended for the company employees.
3. 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.
4. The passage does not discuss real or potential costs for maintaining information security.
5. The passage concentrates on the importance of information security, rather than the training of employees to maintain it.

_________________
Intern
Joined: 11 Mar 2015
Posts: 49
GMAT 1: 730 Q50 V38
GPA: 4

### Show Tags

19 Jul 2015, 03:42
In my view answer B is out of scope.. How can we know that the employees are not allowed to discuss research with any third parties? What if the company has joint project with another company and works under non-disclosure agreement that allows both companies to exchange relevant information? That won't create any security problems. I eliminated B and chose C as it is more relevant and closer to the scope (thought hackers are not mentioned..).

Thanks for the feedback on that in advance! Bunuel
Current Student
Joined: 05 Apr 2015
Posts: 416

### Show Tags

09 Nov 2015, 19:58
The answer option is clearly far fetched. This is a must be true question.

They have not told anything about how other partner companies working on the same projects are involved.
Intern
Joined: 12 Oct 2015
Posts: 2

### Show Tags

26 Dec 2015, 07:15
I agree with Delamax , It is a must be true question. Outside info is not allowed.I marked A bcoz the storage devices would not require "physical control" If they could safely be protected by passwords .Hence A can be safely be inferred .
Retired Moderator
Joined: 23 Sep 2015
Posts: 386
Location: France
GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38
WE: Real Estate (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)

### Show Tags

04 Jan 2016, 03:48
Answer B is just synonym for protecting the company's info. We can't assume that some other company can be in the loop. We have to take the stem as is (in a must be true question)
Answer A on the other hand attacks one way of protection and this was not mentioned in the stem.
_________________

New Application Tracker : update your school profiles instantly!

Board of Directors
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 2717
Location: United States (IL)
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
GPA: 3.92
WE: General Management (Transportation)

### Show Tags

20 Feb 2016, 17:13
agree with the above said. we deal with an inference type of question, and we must pick an answer choice that is 100% based on the info given in the argument.
B talks about not discussing with other people. I agree that it can help to prevent leaks of info, but it is AN ADDITIONAL way to prevent the leakage.
Current Student
Joined: 09 Jan 2015
Posts: 5
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Finance
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.35

### Show Tags

06 Mar 2016, 12:04
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. B is absolutely out of scope there is absolutely no mention of it in the text. The answer says that it is "a logical extension" - it is not. It is an entirely made up scenario that may happen, but there is no surety that it will happen.
Intern
Joined: 26 Nov 2015
Posts: 10
GMAT 1: 710 Q51 V34
GPA: 3.3

### Show Tags

20 Apr 2016, 09:17
The passage only mentions that employees must protect information through passwords, encryption or physical protection. It does not mention to other protection ways. The answer choice B or other answers that mentions to additional way of protection are absolutely made up scenarios, which cannot be inferred from the passage.
Intern
Joined: 31 Jan 2016
Posts: 1
GMAT 1: 590 Q46 V26

### Show Tags

06 Jul 2016, 06:14
Answer B is not justified for this must be true/inference question as it could be true but NOT must be true. To me, option A is only explicit must be true option which can be inferred from passage.
Retired Moderator
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 3188
Location: Germany
Schools: HHL Leipzig
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

07 Jul 2016, 23:58
prita2016 wrote:
Answer B is not justified for this must be true/inference question as it could be true but NOT must be true. To me, option A is only explicit must be true option which can be inferred from passage.

The question has been updated.
Intern
Joined: 07 May 2016
Posts: 47
Location: India
Concentration: Other, Entrepreneurship
Schools: IIMA (D)

### Show Tags

24 Jul 2016, 05:02
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. I don't think this is 700 level question. As the option B was earlier incorrect and many respondents might have marked the incorrect choice due to an incorrect option.

The question stats should be reset after the option choice B is modified. That will correctly reflect the no of right responses.
Retired Moderator
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 3188
Location: Germany
Schools: HHL Leipzig
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

24 Jul 2016, 10:03
sahilmalhotra01 wrote:
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. I don't think this is 700 level question. As the option B was earlier incorrect and many respondents might have marked the incorrect choice due to an incorrect option.

The question stats should be reset after the option choice B is modified. That will correctly reflect the no of right responses.

The difficulty level has been adjusted in the system. The level will be updated periodically depending on the percentage of correct answers.
Intern
Joined: 27 Oct 2016
Posts: 1

### Show Tags

04 Dec 2016, 06:54
The main objective is what can be inferred from the argument. Option "A" states that "more effective anti-virus software". Based on the importance of the information, the company would have already installed effective anti-virus software. There is no information in the passage to state that the anti-virus software currently installed by the company is ineffective. I an not convinced that this is the correct choice.
I picked C. From the passage we can gather that the information is valuable. We can infer that this valuable information will definitely attract the attention of the competitors and they may try to obtain it. Since the company places a high emphasis on security of data, the competitors may try to hack into the system to obtain the data.
Bunuel, please let me know what you think.
Retired Moderator
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 3188
Location: Germany
Schools: HHL Leipzig
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

04 Dec 2016, 07:37
kapilrao wrote:
The main objective is what can be inferred from the argument. Option "A" states that "more effective anti-virus software". Based on the importance of the information, the company would have already installed effective anti-virus software. There is no information in the passage to state that the anti-virus software currently installed by the company is ineffective. I an not convinced that this is the correct choice.
I picked C. From the passage we can gather that the information is valuable. We can infer that this valuable information will definitely attract the attention of the competitors and they may try to obtain it. Since the company places a high emphasis on security of data, the competitors may try to hack into the system to obtain the data.
Bunuel, please let me know what you think.

You seem to have missed something - please go though the OA and OE. OA is NOT A.

Option C is wrong because nothing has been explicitly mentioned about the "monetary" value of the information - The information may "be very valuable", but what kind of value is not discussed in the passage. Moreover it is not mentioned whether the information is attractive to hackers - the passage just states it is attractive to competitors and government. The additional assumptions you have made is that the government or the competitors are willing to buy the hacked information from the hackers - this is not mentioned in the passage.
Intern
Joined: 23 Jan 2017
Posts: 7
Schools: HEC Montreal '19
GPA: 3.4

### Show Tags

21 Feb 2017, 18:35
2
My understanding was that for inference questions, the information cannot be stated in the text. In this text it clearly states "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." So how can, B be the correct answer?
Intern
Joined: 13 Sep 2017
Posts: 28
Location: Japan
GPA: 3.73

### Show Tags

10 Dec 2017, 22:15
I thought the whole point of an inference question is to infer from the information given? Answer B is clearly stated in the prompt... I'm very confused
Re: V02-28 &nbs [#permalink] 10 Dec 2017, 22:15
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# V02-28

Moderators: chetan2u, Bunuel

# Events & Promotions

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.