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Security call for on-line dealing

Source: The Sunday Times
Date: May 12, 2003

vspace="0" BUSINESSES and other organisations were paying dearly because they did not bother with basic security to protect their on-line dealings, a conference has been told. The AusCERT Asia-Pacific IT Security Conference on the Gold Coast was told today most breaches of computer systems occurred because security was practically non-existent. AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram told the conference a survey on computer crime had shown most organisations were finding it difficult to manage a multitude of issues concerning the proper protection of their information systems.
"The fact that greater numbers are reporting harmful externally sourced attacks and fewer are reporting internally-sourced attacks simply means that with increased connectivity and exposure to the Internet, the opportunities for external attacks are occurring at a faster rate," Mr Ingram said. He said organisations needed to ensure they were able to operate their information systems securely before connecting to the Internet.

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