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'UK SMEs Not Equipped To Deal With Cyber Crime'

ICT Focus' Security Expert, Philippe Jan ICT Focus' Security Expert, Philippe Jan

An industry panel which includes InfoLab21 Cyber Security expert Philippe Jan, has warned that IT professionals and consumers need to do more to curb the increasing threat from cyber crime in 2010.

Adopting a holistic approach by practicing good PC hygiene and keeping up-to-date with patch and product updates, as well as encouraging SMEs to outsource to more knowledgeable companies, is just the start for cyber security.

Philippe Jan, Cyber Security MSC tutor at ICT Focus (InfoLab21's Education and Training Centre) said,

"The difficulty is that there are many attackers and there are so few of us who work in the security field. We are therefore facing an uphill battle to know everything, from being a competent network system administrator and programmer, to a forensics expert and an educator.

"We have found that many of the attacks can be traced to internal sources and therefore having an educational and awareness push at user level will hopefully make people more aware of the dangers and make them less likely to be a victim of crime."

The panel advised that with blind faith in technology encouraging victims to fall foul to cyber crime, a change in social culture is fundamentally needed. IT professionals need to constantly refresh their knowledge and stay on top of technology to combat the external threats from professional organisations as well as those from rogue employees.

The panel also suggested that organisations, such as hardware and software vendors and internet service providers, have a responsibility to protect the businesses that they serve.

The round table discussions are held in association with Manchester hosting company UKFast with the aim of uniting business leaders to share advice and provide a wealth of ideas for other developing companies.

For the full UKFast press release please see the link below.

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Mon 29 March 2010

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