Computer Security

Proper IT Security is the way to fight off attack.

Came across this article on ComputerWorld.com and found it compelling for a number of reasons.  Firstly, the message is on target.  We are under attack.  As the article states, last year, Symantec blocked a total of over 5.5 billion malware attacks, an 81% increase over 2010, and reported a 35% increase in Web-based attacks and a 41% increase in new variants of malware. OUCH!

The problem is, business’s IT departments are aware of the threats, and are putting policies in place to address them.  However, this doesn’t do anyone any good unless the entire company complies.  Every last person.  It only takes one person, leaving their laptop behind somewhere, with no password to get in, and all the passwords stored in memory to get on to their network, to wreak havoc on an entire company’s network security.

“Compliance is necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” says Malcolm Harkins, vice president and chief information security officer at Intel.

“Compliance is necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” says Malcolm Harkins, vice president and chief information security officer at Intel.

Harkins’ goal is to get employees to go beyond compliance toward full commitment to protecting the company’s information. “If they’re committed to doing the right thing and protecting the company, and if they’re provided with the right information, [then] they’ll make reasonable risk decisions.”  Read the Full Article here.

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