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Security News Headlines of Interest

The news headlines grouped below reveal the security issues that businesses like yours face today:

The Human Factor
Corporate Warnings
Management Matters
Preventive Measures

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The Human Factor:

1 - PEOPLE "WEAKEST LINK" IN SECURITY EFFORTS
Data is as important to a business as capital is. Business has to start to think of data with the same reverence that it thinks of money.

2 - ANALYSIS: INSIDERS A MAJOR SECURITY THREAT
Most managers believe that "security is both about risk management and hiring honest people". Experts in criminal psychology say the onus is often on managers to take action to prevent current and former employees from lashing out in the form of cybercrime.

3 - BEWARE THE SECURITY ENEMY WITHIN
External threats should be taken seriously, and protection put in place, but nobody knows your security loopholes better than your employees.

4 - TODAY, MORE THAN EVER, WE MUST THINK ABOUT SECURITY
Internal security breaches continue to be the single largest security concern for businesses. Up to 85 percent of all computer-related crime stems from internal sources.

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Corporate Warnings:

1 - SECURITY AUDITS PAY DIVIDENDS
The widespread perception that security does not offer a return on investment is wrong. System audits, which improve network security, can also increase efficiencies in other areas.

2 - BUSINESSES FAIL THE SECURITY TEST
Businesses need to work harder on their e-business security in the wake of a report saying two-thirds have been attacked in some way.

3 - SURVEY FINDS SECURITY PRACTICES APPALLING
It is an exercise of the worst case scenario, with managers deciding that in some cases, it is cheaper to do nothing, rather than install security patches. The most culpable, are the medium-sized organizations.

4 - COMPANIES LACK UNDERSTANDING OF INFORMATION SECURITY ISSUES
Do-it-yourself security is short sighted. If you're talented and lucky, you can get by in a pinch, but it's going to catch up with you. Security services should absolutely be monitored and managed internally, but you need expert advice.

5 - HACKERS: CORPORATE SECURITY STINKS!
Companies are paying more attention to safeguarding their digital assets, but the overall state of corporate data security is still poor.

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Management Matters:

1 - IT MANAGERS STILL OVERESTIMATE SECURITY
Network security is being overestimated by IT managers because they are failing to manage protective software properly.

2 - SURVEY: COSTS OF COMPUTER SECURITY BREACHES SOAR
The reported cost of computer security breaches at U.S. businesses is rising dramatically as their frequency increases.

3 - INTERNET SECURITY A GROWING CONCERN
The security of data, everything from trade secrets to consumer credit-card numbers, is a growing concern as more business moves on to the Internet.

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Preventive Measures:

1 - GOOD SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IS CRUCIAL
Firms are being advised to tighten up on security administration.

2 - NETWORK LOCKDOWN
Too many companies install a firewall, and then are lulled into a false sense of security.

3 - CONSIDERING SECURITY AND CONTROL
The complexity of modern enterprises, their reliance on technology and the heightened interconnectivity create widespread opportunities for theft, fraud and other forms of exploitation by offenders both outside and inside an organization.

4 - PROTECT YOUR PRIVATE PARTS
What most people fail to realize is that security is more about a process than a product.


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