“Weexpected to find a little lack of foresight and lack of responsibility beingtaken but the results were staggering,” says Network Associates’ businessdevelopment manager, Nigel Todd. Todd accuses senior managers of taking an“ostrich-like approach” to their responsibilities over security and, in manycases being too afraid to admit they don’t know how to deal with e-businessissues.“It’s a bitlike the emperor’s new clothes: when e-business is mentioned, nobody dares say,‘What are you talking about?’,” he says. “In these technology-driven days, itis a brave senior manager who puts his hand up and says he doesn’t understandit.” The reportreveals that 47 per cent of respondents believe that fears over security aloneare hampering e-business development, with only 34 per cent saying they arecompletely satisfied with their anti-virus measures. More than70 per cent believe that their company’s network speed and availability mustimprove if it is to meet the requirements of e-business. The need for this tohappen is borne out by the worrying statistics that 30 per cent of companiesexperience a complete network crash at least once every 12 weeks and 23 percent of companies suffer critical data corruption through virus attack.The reportsays that chief executives and managing directors must take responsibility forthe hardware and software infrastructure and must have a proper e-businessstrategy.“E-businessshould be much more about having a planned approach than just saying, ‘We’vegot to have a web site’,” explains Todd, who believes the rush to get anon-line presence, and the strain this puts on corporate resources, are also toblame for many system deficiencies. “Thesecurity policy must be taken from the board downwards and it should bepractical and easily managed. It should also be revisited regularly becausee-business changes all the time. You should have the ability to see securitythreats.”Once thepolicy is decided, HR managers and directors must play their part inimplementing it properly, says Todd. The report recommends that responsibilityfor corporate security should be written into the job description of thedesignated manager. Employees must be made more security-conscious.Forty percent of respondents said that end-users were the most vulnerable part of thenetwork, creating the biggest security threat. “They must stop, for instance,leaving passwords on the sides of their computer,” says Todd. “Theyshould be trained to understand why they shouldn’t do this – that leaving apassword is like leaving the vault open and once a hacker is in the vault, it’smuch easier to open the security boxes. If staff understand why they shouldn’tdo it, they will buy into it.”Improved ITtraining for employees and better housekeeping would also minimise unnecessarycalls to a company helpdesk, he says. Approximately 40 per cent of supportcalls were password-related problems that could be cured by the user.The fullNetwork Associates Healthcheck research is available on the Personnel Today website at www.personneltoday.co.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Tighten security and take on e-businessOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Seniormanagement, including HR directors, are failing to put the necessary securitysystems and strategies in place to prepare UK companies for e-business, says areport by security specialist Network Associates. Vanson Bourne polled 120heads of communications and corporate networks for the Healthcheck research,which also highlights many weak spots that lose companies millions of pounds ayear. The Network Associates’ prescription for a healthye-businessElevate the care of your e-business healthto the board – it’s a strategic issueConstruct a practical, easily manageable butcomprehensive e-business security policy that reflects your business processesReview and audit constantly – there is noroom for complacencyInvest in your e-business securitystrategy – the ROI will become clearTrain your users in basic security policyand get their buy-in and understandingKeep anti-virus software constantly upto date – otherwise it is uselessManage your e-business centrally.www.nai.com Related posts:No related photos.
“Sliding into DMs” on social media is often an unsuccessful endeavour.However, making a move when you are a famous footballer doesn’t hurt.Ajax winger David Neres took his chance when he sent German model, Kira Winona a direct message on Instagram after he saw her pictures on the site.In hindsight, Neres was probably fortunate to get a date with Winona as his opening line was frankly unbelievable.He told Het Parool in an interview: “I didn’t have to do much to get my current girlfriend.” “I saw her on Instagram and I send her a DM with: ‘I am David Neres. Come to me.’ That was enough for a date.” “German women apparently love Brazilian men,” Neres added.Neres and Winona appear to be in a stable relationship, given their Instagram posts, and seem to be expecting a child.The Brazilian player made 20 appearances for Ajax this season and scored 6 goals before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.