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Educating Staff Leads to Improved IT Security

Dan Swanson | April 1, 2008

In today’s business environment, information security and protection of information assets are vital to the long-term success of all organizations. Information is the lifeblood of corporations and a vital business asset. IT systems connect every internal department of a company and connect the whole company to myriad suppliers, partners, customers, and others on the outside, too.

Still, problems with IT—from system failure to data breaches to improperly altered applications—happen almost every day. Security breaches in particular can be disastrous for a company. And most companies do not adequately address the primary cause of IT security breaches: human error. In this article, I explore how workforces should be educated about IT security and how to determine whether they “get it.”

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