IT security complacency a danger over Christmas period

Friday 21 December 2012

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Businesses cannot afford to be complacent over IT security over the Christmas period, it has been claimed.

GFI Software has warned of the perils of IT security complacency and lax access and device policies over the festive shutdown.

The firm says this time of the year is commonly targeted by cyber criminals, who are aware of the fact that many firms may be unmanned or understaffed.

“The Christmas holiday season traditionally poses a big challenge for organisations of all sizes, as the need to monitor and maintain IT systems has to be balanced against the need for staff to take time off,” said Phil Bousfield, general manager for infrastructure at GFI Software.

“However, IT staff face additional challenges, as not only do they need to consider the reoccurring threat of networks and systems being targeted during the quiet holiday period, but also the risk posed by employee devices being used for remote access."

This is because bring your own device (BYOD) culture is sweeping the UK, and the trend looks likely to further accelerate in the new year.

Mr Bousfield said the wave of new tablets and smartphones entering the workplace will see more people accessing corporate IT resources from a non-company equipment, with varying levels of security in place.

"What might seem like a useful productivity device can in fact be a security flaw and a route into your network just waiting to be exploited,” he stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman