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DTI bemoans security standard take-up

UK firms may be compelled to take data protection more seriously. The UK government is considering ways of improving the “appalling” take-up of security standard BS7799, as fears over IT security failures grow. The havoc created by worms such as SQL Slammer has alarmed the government, alongside concerns that IT security does not have a high enough priority for businesses. Slammer caused $1bn (£620m) worth of damage globally, despite a patch being released eight months previously. David Hendon, director of communication and information industries at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), warned that, unless business leaders gave IT security a higher profile, security standards such as BS7799 could become mandatory. Full Story

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