Complacency is the e-criminal's friend

Watts, Richard
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p27
Trade Publication
Cyber attacks are now an everyday occurrence, but many companies still leave themselves open to violation, falsely wrapped in an it won't happen to comfort blanket. E-bugs alone are costing Great Britain's firms billions of pounds a year, according to the initial findings of a Government-backed report due to be published this month. Half of all companies were struck down by Internet bugs last year, research carried out on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry found. Viruses can crash networks, disable Internet sites, delete files and clog up email boxes. This can cripple business and slow down productivity for weeks. Information technology departments often think that their systems are secure simply because they believe they've installed the right security software, but long gone are they days when one could sleep at night knowing did invested in a firewall. Organizations need to start placing greater emphasis on prevention, instead of attempting to slam the stable door when the proverbial horse has bolted.


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