Essential guidance on information security and the human factor, endorsed by BT


Ely, England, 25 May 2011 – Business information is likely to be much more valuable than the hardware on which it is stored. The loss of a laptop might set you back £400, but if the files on the laptop included sensitive customer data or the blueprint for a new product, the cost of repairing the damage would run into thousands. The consequences of a data breach range from alienating customers to heavy fines, or even criminal prosecution. While technologies, such as antivirus software and encryption, can offer some protection against cybercrime, security breaches are most often the result of human error and carelessness.

Improving information security within your organisation, therefore, has to encompass people and processes, as well as technology. Motivating your team, and making them more aware of security concerns, should be at the heart of your information security strategy.

Security: The Human Factor from the IT Governance Publishing (ITGP) pocket guide range, is based on the approach used by BT to protect its own data security – one that draws on the capabilities of both people and technology. It looks at the challenges associated with information security, the consequences of failing to meet them, and – most importantly – at the steps organisations can take to make themselves and their information more secure.

“Information security is a range of measures and should not be thought of as a single entity. It should be viewed as a system, of which people are a key part. This guide will prove invaluable for IT managers, information security officers and business executives, to ensure they address the human vulnerabilities and improve their information security,” adds Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance.

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