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Firms need 'strict IT policies'

12 Jul 2008

Firms need 'strict IT policies' Businesses establish a "very definite" policy to govern their staff's online behaviour, one expert has said.

Web-User magazine is urging employers to define what their workers can and cannot do while accessing the internet at work.

Students who enjoy browsing the internet and visiting social networking sites such as Facebook while working their part-time jobs could be interested to hear strict policies are being called for and might consider the types of sites they visit.

Ben Camm-Jones, news editor of the publication, said organisations that allow staff to surf the internet however they like accessing anything they want to are at risk from an IT security point of view.

He added firm's need a clear policy so all employees know what is and what is not allowed so if there is any doubt they can refer back to it.

"It is something that every IT manager is concerned about but most of the problems can be circumvented with a very clearly established IT policy," he concluded.

New MessageLabs research found there was more than 2,000 new malicious website blocked every day in June - a rise of more than half (58 per cent) from the previous month and the highest since April 2007.

The global ratio of spam in email traffic from either new or previously unknown sources stood at more than three quarters (76.5 per cent) last month.

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