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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Why security is an information problem

Speaking at the ZDNet UK IT Priorities Conference held in the Park Lane Hotel, London, Simon Perry, VP security at Computer Associates, warned that employees currently understand the material value of the hardware they are entrusted with but haven’t been taught to value company information in the same way.

Rather than thinking about the value of their mobile or laptop, employees need to be trained about the value of information to their company,” said Perry.

Esther George, policy advisor for the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS), said that the authorities are limited in what they can do when it comes to prosecuting criminals by a general reluctance on the part of companies to admit to hack attacks.

During the debate, some criticism was made of the lack of new legislation to tackle hacking but George argued that despite the lack of new laws, older ones were wide enough in scope to be applied to modern Internet crimes.

Martin Jordan, a senior manager from KPMG, said that despite the best efforts of the security community, end users would always be playing catch-up to hackers and criminals—what companies need to decide is how far they are want to lag behind.

During the debate, some criticism was made of the lack of new legislation to tackle hacking but George argued that despite the lack of new laws, older ones were wide enough in scope to be applied to modern Internet crimes.

Computer Associates’ Perry said that another key factor in combating hacking is for home users to take security as seriously as business users, because many new viruses and spyware are propagated on personal machines.

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/security/0,39020375,39168216,00.htm

Posted on 09/28
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