Owners must ensure security remains fundamental

Tuesday, 15 April 2003, 12:42 AM EST

Security in business has never been as crucial as it is now. The risks from both outside and inside the company seem to multiply at an enormous rate and require diligence and understanding on the part of the owner. Whether it is from terrorism, war, floods, gales, hackers, computer worms and viruses or perhaps more simple problems there is a need to be cautious and alert to the issues.

Even basics need to be examined. Have a walk around your business. Do your staff wear ID badges? How many sticky notes can you find with passwords written on them? How many PC screens are left signed-in and unattended? Is that window closed at night? Why does employee X need access to the internet? Where are the data back-ups kept? Do you know where your laptops are and what data is on them?

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