IT security Posts

Thursday March 27, 2014 at 11:54am
We read nowadays of many organisations appearing in the national papers for amazing instances of data loss. Often these are household names such as high street banks and major hospitals.I get quizzed by many owner managers as to the spectacular failures of data management and how such instances occur. All too often when investigative action has taken place, the cause is often a lack of awareness or understanding of information security protocols. And not necessarily a technical failure.When I ex....
Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 9:00am
Nearly all organisations have to deal with employee contract terminations at some time, whether that’s through an agreed mutual parting of the ways, an end of a fixed term contract, because of redundancy or for disciplinary reasons. Most of the management focus in each case tends to be on human resources processes, legal procedures and the like, to ensure there is no breach of employment legislation.Good HR Managers will conduct exit interviews and record details of the employee’s ob....
Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 9:00am
Whilst recently working in the City of London with a Lloyd’s Broker one of their senior Directors alerted me to a real risk that many business owners are probably not even aware of. This Director with over thirty years’ experience within the City, advised that many organisations were now operating potentially with little or no cover - in respect of their ‘e-commerce’ or similar online activities. It was explained that standard insurance products are unlikely to pay o....
Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 9:00am
Business owners are growing to rely more and more on their website, not just a shop window or electronic brochure but as a method of accepting orders, taking payment and building the overall presence and reputation of their business. Having your website compromised therefore could be a serious problem, threatening cash flow and credibility. This guide is designed to provide quick wins to build security into websites and provide trust to potential clients and is essential reading for all website ....
Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 10:00am
Cyber crime seems to be constantly in the headlines what with M15 warnings of cyber attacks a few weeks ago and the Commons Select Committee report on intelligence and security suggesting we need to ramp up our active defence strategy, you might be forgiven for thinking that the challenges your business faces to fight cyber crime are insurmountable.  Not so. It seems GCHQ and the intelligence services believe that 80 per cent of all cyber threats are easily eliminated by everyone following ....
Thursday August 2, 2012 at 10:00am
During the Olympic period many staff will be working away from the office or their usual place of work, attempting to watch Team GB compete with the best of them. If you can afford to provide this flexibility for your staff I’m sure they will appreciate it.However, there are some important information and data security issues to be considered before you give the go ahead for home or remote working. These points might be a useful starting point: A domestic dwelling may not be the most appro....
Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 10:00am
Remembering several complicated passwords can create frustration when logging into all of your accounts, and making passwords too easy can increase the risk of your accounts being hacked. However, if you understand the process of hacking you can create strong, easy to remember passwords and avoid the need to write them down in order to remember them.Which of these two passwords do you think is harder to crack? %$(8Ks98 or D0g??????? You might be surprised to learn that the second password is the....
Tuesday July 24, 2012 at 10:00am
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a new PDF document entitled A Practical Guide to IT Security. Although the ICO has produced a variety of these helpful publications, this is a timely ‘aide memoire’ for SME’s throughout the UK, who need to start taking IT security and information security management more seriously.  The Data Protection Act 1998 under the 7th Principle requires that ‘appropriate technical and organisational measures shall ....

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