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Communicate IT security policies more clearly, employers urged

Employers have been urged to communicate their IT security policies more effectively after a survey revealed that ignorance and lack of understanding were major factors behind security breaches suffered by organisations, writes Daniel Thomas for personneltoday.com.

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ignorance and lack of understanding were major factors behind security breaches suffered by organisations, writes Daniel Thomas for personneltoday.com.

In a poll of 2,000 office workers by software security company Clearswift, one in four felt that their company "could be better" at communicating guidelines, with 63% blaming ignorance or a lack of understanding for security breaches suffered by their organisation.

One-third of those surveyed said that they had not received any training on IT security since joining their firm. Clearswift warned that this was "particularly concerning", since more than two-thirds (62%) of respondents joined more than five years ago - "a virtual lifetime" in technological terms.

Almost one in seven people fear that they may be breaching corporate policy, albeit inadvertently, as a result, the survey shows.

Richard Turner, chief executive at Clearswift, said, "It's time for companies to get to grips with making a policy a living, breathing part of their business that is relevant to everyday corporate life - not just a tick in the box when it comes to an induction period."

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