Shore up security

Wednesday, 2 July 2003, 7:06 AM EST

In the second of a two-part exclusive series, Chingchai Maketipphachai, country manager, Indochina, 3Com (Thailand), offers some practical, affordable suggestions for identifying and shoring up weaknesses in security on the network.

The level of security that companies should look for will ultimately depend on the value of the assets being protected. Organisations that store and rely on confidential and/or proprietary information, such as military institutions and other government agencies, hospitals, financial and insurance institutions, require a sophisticated, highly secure strategy.

However, this is not to say that ``normal'' businesses can afford to take security for granted, as breaches of any kind can disrupt operations, erode customer confidence and result in substantial costs and headaches.

The first thing company bosses need to do is to create a cohesive security policy. This is a document that spells out what parts of the business need most protection and prioritises security measures at various points of the network. This helps reduce the chance of wasting time and resources protecting unimportant data while valuable data is left exposed.

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