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Online Criminals take on the trappings of business

Alan Cane
Financial Times, page 1
9 July 2009

PA’s IT expert, David Elton, contributed to this article exploring how cybercrime is changing. Professional criminals are moving in and making use of increasingly sophisticated and widely available malware. This is causing significant problems for security experts.

David Elton provides some advice on dealing with these new threats saying, “First, security is as strong as the weakest link and will never be failsafe. Second, invidious forces will never be more than one step behind the latest security measures.”

He also highlights that it is not just companies who are at risk, individuals are also vulnerable. “There is a lot of good advice available to the private individual but even if you follow this, you are still vulnerable. What about those who hold information about you? Your employer, your bank, your mobile phone provider, your mortgage company, any organisation that you pay or receive money from on a regular basis, has your bank account and credit card details.

“We should all demand greater security standards from the organisations we trust with our information, but finding out how effective these organisations are at holding our information is difficult.

“Encouraging compliance with industry and international standards is one way of measuring effectiveness but standards do not help distinguish tick-box compliance from a mature and genuinely customer-focused approach to security".


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