Tag Archive: Information Security

Who has access to your systems?

Do you change system passwords when an IT person leaves? If not, why not? An article in today’s Register highlights the need to have a Leavers’ policy within all organisations and for that policy to be enforced. The article relates a recent court case where an ex-employee logged into his previous employer’s computer network and…

Do you vet your staff and challenge visitors?

I am a fan of “New Tricks” on the BBC. It’s well scripted, and acted by professionals. Last night’s episode was on computer fraud and hacking. A key character was a member of the Met Police’s E-Crimes unit. He appeared in a scene and just waltzed in to the office and started working. Nobody checked…

Tip – Expect things to fail

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’m often intrigued by the reasons I get back from business owners and IT Managers when I ask the question: How often to you perform a test restore of your backups? Answers I’ve had include:…

Know who can access your data

Do you outsource your IT support? Read on Are you in a regulated industry or do you hold any information that can be classed as being confidential? Have you outsourced your IT support? Then you have a critical question to answer. Has your IT support company signed a Non Disclosure Agreement that binds them to…

Know who has the keys to the empire

Security is a lot easier to implement in the modern digital world, but enforcing it over the long term needs thought, and procedures that are adhered to. In the old days, security was simple. The main access control method was physical keys: to the building; to desks and filing cabinets; to the safe and strongroom….

Is it good to have your head in the cloud?

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This post has been provoked by Graham Dodge’s excellent piece “Maybe the Cloud IS useful after all…” over on “Foundation and Empire”; which itself links to a piece on InfoWorld entitled “Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen“. Graham’s piece reports his Damascine moment regarding the place of…