Corporate leadership needed to combat spyware

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Corporate leadership needed to combat spyware

Who’s responsible for combating software? No-one, it seems, according to a survey commissioned by software firm Blue Coat, which revealed that 61% of those using the Internet at work believe that no company policy is in force to handle the spyware problem.


Nor do they have any idea what their employer's policy on spyware is. In fact, 51% of respondents believe that ISPs should be charged with preventing spyware, while only 10% believed that addressing the problem is a corporate responsibility.

The Blue Coat survey, conducted by NOP, suggests that only 36% of respondents understand what spyware is. Although around a third of respondents are sufficiently savvy to run spyware checkers on their office PC, it seems they are doing so through personal choice rather than a corporate practice, encouraged, even mandated by an IT Director or the Board.


There is little doubt that as spyware becomes synonymous with organised crime and financial gain, getting on top of spyware must be a corporate security priority, with top-down leadership mandating rigorous preventive measures. Leaving it to the odd savvy, well-meaning individual is not enough.

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