Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Remote hole in the IT-security

On the topic of information security progovoreno already done. And that the problem worse year after year - too. Every once in informbezopasnosti for companies and government agencies are found all the new gaps. Last year, for example, insiders were major problems and loss of data due to simple negligence. Now there are new problems.

An increasing spread in the world receives remote work. Typically, these officers perform their duties, staying at home and interacting with the business via telephone and through computer networks. For companies implementing schemes work remotely employees who perform some kind of intellectual work extremely profitable. Exempt jobs in offices, reduced turnover, increased productivity. But in terms informbezopasnosti increase in the number of remote workers this most noticeably reduces security. This is especially true of finance, business services and software development. Among the risks associated with the creation of remote jobs - to open suspicious e-mail, vulnerability to spam, intrusion into an unprotected wireless network under the guise of legitimate user or using legitimate connections
user, as well as the use of corporate devices jointly with foreign officials for the employer with all the ensuing consequences, increased risk of theft of computer equipment. But control by the IT-service businesses over the actions of these users, to put it mildly, difficult.

According to experts, the problem of IT-security remote workers is greatest in countries such as Brazil, India and China, Managers 83% of enterprises in China and India pledged to increase spending this year to ensure information security "distantsionschikov." In Brazil, there were 68%. But the problem exists in all countries. Owned annual study on the issue of protection of remote workers recently held corporation Cisco. In the poll Cisco 2000 I participated T-professionals working in various industries and enterprises of all sizes from Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, India, Italy, China, France, USA and Japan. The main conclusion of the report Cisco: excellent entrepreneurs see benefits of remote work schemes, but they are forced to bear the financial burden and: required to ensure that remote employees do not jeopardize corporate security. Statistics of the study is this: nearly two thirds (62%) of decision makers in the field of IT, said that already this year are going to increase spending on information security, to reduce the risks associated with employees who work outside the office. More than a third (37%) of those surveyed said that over the budget in 2007 are planning to increase costs by more than 10%.

Another point. According to specialists the company Cisco, to minimize the costs associated with distance work, it is very important to properly instruct staff. John Stewart, chief specialist Cisco to ensure information security, head on this occasion: "Keeping staff and raising their awareness reduce the threat of cyber attacks and related costs painful." That's only relevant instructions in most companies as it was not, or not ... But another problem. Remote Work provides a wide variety of staff attackers. Including, for example, the same insiders. Measures to ensure informbezopasnosti, which may in the office, extremely difficult to staff working from home PCs. IT-departments of enterprises accounted develop new methods of protection, and it is possible to say yet nepahanoe field.

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