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NCP advises a fresh look at cyber security

NCP Engineering : 14 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
US businesses are being urged to review their internet protection levels in light of new attack methods including such devices as smartphones
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As the US government urges internet users to practice safe habits to protect the globe from harm, businesses are also urged to play their part to safeguard themselves and others from hackers, phishers and malware authors.

Secure communications expert Simon Ford, Director of NCP engineering stated: "Most corporations realise the vulnerability of PCs and have implemented various security protocols to prevent security breaches. In the case of smartphones, however, we see a complete lack of awareness to the same dangers. This is the area attackers are increasingly looking to exploit."

Any access point to the corporate network is an avenue of attack, and every success allows cyber criminals to grow stronger. One phenomenon during the economic slowdown is that some firms required their employees to purchase their own phones. These firms now have to support a myriad of types which has lead to increased difficulty in introducing uniform security policies.

"No one wins a medal for good computer security, but companies need to carefully consider security in depth to ensure they or their customers and employees do not become a victim. As organisations become flatter and decentralised these problems only expand. All firms with remote workers, multiple sites or even people working from home should invest in a virtual private network solution to counteract this - as well as sound training in basic internet and computer self preservation!" concluded Simon.
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