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Users Need IM Training: Anti-virus Experts

Anti-virus experts have called for more staff training on the perils of using instant messaging, and claim that like e-mail, users should know the dos and don’ts before being allowed to run it. Computer Associate’s anti-virus head Dr. Eugene Dozortsev told ZDNet Australia that instant messaging “just opens up another hole”, and companies should live without it if they can. “Does e-mail make systems less secure? Yes. What about instant messaging? Yes, but you can live without it,” he said. Instant messaging software has crept into corporate environments and like any other tool is providing attackers, worms and viruses with another way in. Training staff in the use of these types of technology is crucial, says Dozortsev. “If you have access to the corporate network you should have at least two to three hours of security [specific] training,” he added. These sentiments are echoed by Dozortsev’s virus research manager, Jakub Kaminski, who says the way in which computers are used has lead to the need for strict training and policy regimes. Full Story

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