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[] auch Interpol warnt vor IT-"Sicherheits-Vakuum",

Interpol warns firms over security 'vacuum'

By Rachel Fielding [22-04-2002]

Security still not core business issue

The chairman of Interpol's European Working Party on IT Crime has
warned that a "vacuum of knowledge" surrounding IT security means
companies are exposing themselves to unnecessary risk.

Bob Jones, who also works as a computer security consultant at Queen
Mary's college at the University of London, said too many companies
took on IT security staff blindly believing that they would be able to
'pick up' the necessary knowledge as they went along.

"As more and more machines are interconnected, the problem is much
more complex. These individuals need indepth training of technical
security aspects but they also need management training - and
knowledge about how to manage security issues," Jones said.

Companies across both the private and public sectors still did not
view IT security as a core business issue, he warned.

His claims are mirrored in the latest Information Security Breaches
survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the Department
of Trade and Industry, which found that lack of investment in security
systems is allowing companies in the UK to fall victim to increasing
security breaches.

The number of UK businesses that have suffered a malicious security
incident since 2000 has almost doubled. Half of companies and four out
of five large businesses fell victim over the past year to viruses,
hacking attacks, fraud, and other information security breaches,
compared with less than one in five in 1998.

The average cost of each serious breach is £30,000, and several
companies reported incidents costing them more than £500,000, the
report said.

But while three-quarters of UK businesses believe they hold sensitive
or critical information, only one in four have a security policy in
place to protect it.

"A lot of people just ignore the problem because they view it as a
technical issue. Companies have to make IT security part of company
policy. And it's easy to produce a paper document, but for it to work
it has to be part of the company culture," Jones said.

"Unless you have full board level support for running secure systems,
companies won't get the training and resources to support security
experts," Jones added.

The European Working Party on Information Technology Crime consists of
members of national computer crime units from Austria, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Interpol is the second-largest international organisation after the
United Nations, with 179 member countries spread over five continents.

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