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Formal staff assessment aids security

BP is running a formal training programme to educate staff in IT security before they will be able to connect to the company's...

BP is running a formal training programme to educate staff in IT security before they will be able to connect to the company's internal systems over the internet.

BP already has a policy of training its staff in IT security awareness with a self-assessment programme to ensure they understand the risks. But the internet security programme goes further and involves a formal assessment.

The training involves a user "driver's licence", training and awareness and self-assessment backed up with random/remote use auditing.

The benefit of taking the training and being able to access company applications over the internet is greater flexibility at work, according to Paul Dorey, director of global security at BP.

He said the internet users at BP are the only users given wireless connectivity, which allows them to access the BP network from anywhere on the campus.

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