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EC warning over â€˜continuous cyber attacksâ€™
Cyber attacks are something different companies and those in charge of their IT need to be aware of, but it seems it is not just private enterprises that are being affected.
The European Commission (EC) has revealed its own staff and systems have been targeted by "a continuous stream of cyber attacks", vice president of the EC responsible for inter-institutional relations Maros Sefcovic revealed to the annual Security and Safety Symposium in Brussels. In his speech, he remarked: “Whereas most of these attacks relate to relatively innocent 'phishing' or similar IT scams, an increasing number specifically aim at the Commission’s interests, activities and information.”
Notwithstanding the dangers of this, he added, the threats to IT systems may not always be external ones. He warned that, in many cases, it is employees leaking data from a firm that might do the most to compromise or undermine its activities. â€œHowever serious this incident might look, we must not forget that no less harm could be done by negligence or deliberate leakage of classified or sensitive information by our own staff,â€? he noted.
This poses its own challenge to firms, but one way in which a company can take steps to reduce the risk is to make use of document scanning services to digitise its data. When paper copies of information are kept, there may be little to stop it being photocopied and smuggled out of an office, but when it is restricted to an electronic format, only those with sufficient accreditation can reach it. This means only the most trusted and senior staff can access it and, should there be a leak, it may be far easier to trace who was responsible.
The EU's concerns over issues of data security have gone beyond dealing with phishing attacks and the risk of rogue employees leaking information. It has been working on a new Data Protection Regulation, which lawyer William Long recently described in an article for Computer Weekly as "the most lobbied-against piece of European legislation".
He noted there have been over 4,000 proposed amendments from various EU committees and businesses, while the new laws will affect almost every industry in the economy.
Storetec News/Blogs “http://www.storetec.net/news-blog/ecwarning-over-continuous-cyber-attacks”. EC warning over ‘continuous cyber attacks’. November 15, 2013. Storetec.
Cyber attacks are something different companies and those in charge of their IT need to be aware of, but it seems it is not just private ent...