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Companies need to be more IT savvy

19/05/2011

If you've just landed your first job then you'll be interested to hear advice which says that many companies do not take IT threats seriously.

According to MWR InfoSecurity, businesses need to be more aware of the potential IT threats they face, and take steps to protect themselves.

Alex Fidgen, commercial director at the company, said that IT protection needs to be supported by everyone in the company.

"Nowadays a lot of business moves so quickly that new projects demanded by the business in order to meet targets or produce the required revenue sometimes escape the attention of risk assessments.

"Therefore, when the projects become live, some of the risks are just not factored in properly. The way that you can reverse that situation is two-fold.

"It means that culturally, that company needs to be aware of the risks."

Mr Fidgen's comments follow the company's research, which suggested that many companies throughout Europe do not have an information security policy to protect them from attacks, meaning that they are vulnerable to a variety of threats.

"Right from the boardroom downwards there needs to be a process where [for] every new project or every critical process, there is a review of the security requirements within that [and], therefore, the possible financial impact to the company," he said.

The global MWR Infosecurity research, which was commissioned by the worldwide association of accountancy practices BKR International, revealed that over half of businesses have been attacked by malicious or accidental viruses.

It also found that one-quarter of companies said they expected an attack within the next year.

However, over three-quarters said they would be able to cope with an attack.
Speaking in light of these results, Ian Shaw, managing director of MWR InfoSecurity, echoed Mr Fidgen's comments, recommending a robust security policy.  

 

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