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Paper Available on Converged Security Threats

Information Security Awareness Forum : 19 April, 2010  (Technical Article)
The Information Security Awareness Forum has joined with others on the publication of a paper that provides guidance on tackling the converged security threats that exist as malicious code authors develop their wares
The Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF), PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Federation of Fraud Forums, Portsmouth University and the Security Institute have co-authored and published a paper detailing the convergence and security issues that affect companies operating in the modern connected world.

The paper seeks to help both IT professionals and business managers to better understand the myriad security issues created by the increasing demands placed on physical and information security resources - and explain the steps required to counter the issues in the most effective manner.

ISAF - which was born out of the ISSA-UK Advisory Board and is a cross-industry initiative set up to formally raise awareness of information security - is now in its third year and, according to Dr. David King, Chair of the ISAF the paper will act as a foundation stone for members and other IT security professionals to build the innovative security defences needed in the modern connected business world.

'The major security problem that all businesses are now encountering centres on the blended threats that cybercriminality and hacker attacks now pose,' he said.

'This paper, developed in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers and - and which details the many business benefits that accrue from a `joined-up' security strategy - sets out the framework required for professionals to collaborate and develop the best possible security strategies. It represents summation of the array of knowledge that the Forum and its partners - which is now in its third year - has amassed,' he added.

According to Dr. King, the paper explains the need for understanding across each function, the requirement to build on the professionalism of the various management resources, and details why there needs to be a sharing of information to counter the security threats that faces anyone in modern business.

To assist in this process, he says, the paper proposes the 'SIMPLE' acronym to help professionals remember the guiding principles that are required to counter these security threats.

The paper also explains the structural vulnerabilities created by IT-enabled modern offices and their buildings - such as access control, aircon, CCTV and fire alarms - and looks at the methodologies required to better defend these assets.

Tapping the resources of more than 30 national and international security organisations, together with leaders from the fraud and business continuity communities, the PwC-supported paper will, the Forum hopes, assist anyone involved in security and its management to better understand the potential problems the interconnected business environment creates.

Increasingly, the Forum observes that what is required is a respect for each other's area of expertise and a recognition that each business discipline cannot solve the problem on its own.

The Forum hopes that, by sharing good practice and common reporting strategies, our industry can identify vulnerabilities in its systems before either a rogue member of staff - or a cybercriminal - exploits them.

Dr David King, Chairman of the ISAF is chairing a session at Infosecurity Europe 2010 on "Preventing Converged Threats From Sneaking Your Data Out The Front Door", topics covered will include: the benefits of converged security, how have converged threats become so much more dangerous, how to plug the physical and Information Security culture gaps in the business.
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