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Practical guide to IT security

17 August 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a practical guide to IT security for small and medium sized businesses.

The punchy guide focuses on the need for businesses to keep their IT systems and personal data held within them secure, and proposes a two pronged approach:

  • undertaking an initial assessment of the risk to personal data held within the business to determine what security measures are required
  • implementing a number of different tools and techniques to give a ‘layered approach’ to security including implementing measures to ensure physical security, using anti-virus and anti-malware software and properly maintaining systems, implementing intrusion defence, restricting access to systems, ensuring employee IT security awareness, well written security policies, applying equal security measures to personal data on movable devices and auditing any outsourced IT supply

The guide is a useful starting point for businesses who have not yet developed a comprehensive IT security strategy.

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