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IT Security Guide Published For Small Businesses

Sophos : 20 June, 2012  (Technical Article)
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has published a guide on IT Security specifically aimed at small and medium sized businesses
IT Security Guide Published For Small Businesses
The ICO has created a new guide for small and medium sized businesses, outlining actions and advice on IT security, with a focus on employee awareness.  The “Practical Guide to IT Security” recognises that the security measures that businesses put in place need to fit the specific needs of each company, and acknowledges that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to IT security isn’t a realistic approach.
 
Recent research by Sophos revealed that more than a third (36%) of SMEs struggle with applying consistent security policies across all offices.  One in five of those surveyed also admitted that they’d been infected with malware over the past 12 months with respondents indicating that there is a need for SMEs to reevaluate the way the tackle information security.
 
Ollie Hart, head of public sector UK & Ireland at Sophos has made the following comments:
 
“It’s excellent that the ICO is taking a proactive approach to help out the vast array of SMEs across the UK.  As our recent survey shows, many struggle with security and are more constrained by time and resources than larger organisations.  However, SMEs are just as vulnerable to cybercrime, and attacks on these businesses can potentially have a collective effect on the UK economy.”
 
“The key to SME security is to make policies and technologies as simple and accessible as possible, but this guidance feels like it’s aimed at those who already have a considerable level of IT and security awareness.  While this may be the case for some SMEs, many smaller companies do not have this level of knowledge and expertise in place.  So while this guide is certainly a great step in the right direction in helping companies of all sizes to protect their corporate information, the ICO needs to ensure that it keeps jargon to a minimum as it continues to educate the vast array of UK businesses and the intellectual property they possess.”
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