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Poor security risk prevention prevalent in UK businesses

Nebulas Solutions : 17 February, 2009  (Technical Article)
Nebulas security comments on the preventability of data breaches and continuing unwillingness to take active preventive steps by UK business community
The consequences of poor IT security are everywhere in the media - yet UK businesses are shockingly apathetic about protecting themselves and their customers from security risks.

Nick Garlick, Managing Director, Nebulas Security, commented on a report by the BBC that Microsoft has offered a $250,000 reward to find the author of the Conficker worm: this worm has potentially infected as many as 12 million computers worldwide since October 2008.

"Microsoft's resolve to catch malware authors and so protect its customers is totally understandable. However, what is incomprehensible is that the 12 million computers infected with the virus could have been easily protected - had their users taken simple, routine measures to install the necessary patches and up-to-date anti-virus software.

"Security breaches are entirely preventable - effective and inexpensive technology exists to prevent them. Conficker illustrates the point yet again: network and IT administrators must make security a priority. It should be so ingrained in their culture that patching and anti-virus updating is routine and regular - it's incredibly frustrating that these lessons still aren't being learned. Pre-empting this type of situation is easy, compared with dealing with the havoc, loss of reputation and confidence which they create".

"If security breaches carry on unchecked, the day when customers start taking action against breached organisations can't be far away."


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