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Remote access remains top security blackspot

DTI survey says UK plc still hasn’t grasped problem. The Department of Trade and Industry’s bi-annual IT security survey, claimed to be the UK’s most authoritative way of tracking security practices and threats, has reiterated warnings that remote access is not being implemented with sufficient security. Only one in five of the companies with wireless LANs used Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or any other form of encryption, the survey found, and more than half had no additional security controls at all. WEP is now considered easily crackable, but only two percent of networks had an additional layer of encryption on top of WEP, the DTI said. There have been plenty of surveys warning about the spread of unsecured Wi-Fi in the enterprise, but PricewaterhouseCoopers, which carried out the telephone survey of 1,000 businesses, argues its is one of the few conducted on a statistically valid basis. “This survey seeks to provide some kind of benchmark against which other surveys can be judged, to get a feel for whether they are wide of the mark,” said Chris Potter, the PwC partner who led the survey. Recent studies have warned of slack anti-virus policies and firewall usage, among other horrors. Full Story

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