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Safer Internet Day a reminder of corporate IT security responsibilities.

SafeBoot : 13 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
Safeboot comments on how to make the best use of the latest UK IT security initiatives, the Safer Internet Day and the Information Security Awareness Forum.
Two new data security awareness initiatives hit the headlines today, Safer Internet Day to encourage Europe wide awareness of online security issues and the creation of Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF) in the UK to provide coherent information for businesses on computer security.

Kim Camman at mobile device encryption specialist SafeBoot, the data protection unit of McAfee comments:

"Any initiative that aims to educate businesses and consumers on data security has to be a good thing. We have seen a plethora of security initiatives in the UK over the past few years and we can only hope that this new initiative will be the tipping point in changing employee and consumer behaviour when it comes to securing their data. However, this initiative should not be seen as the be all and end all. Businesses and Government organisations cannot shirk their responsibility - they too need to take on this educative mantra.

"Organisations have often relied on blanket emails to implement security awareness initiatives. However, we have all been guilty of deleting that 'Internal E-mail from Corporate IT'. It should be obvious by now that this communications method alone falls short of changing behaviours surrounding data security.

"The truth is that everyone is responsible for security from the CEO downwards. Improving security awareness is about ensuring that everyone listens. Unfortunately, we can't rely on the common sense of employees. Organisations must ensure that their staff follow the security policy to the letter."

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