Ignorance of ICT policy exposes business to risk


Ignorance of ICT policy exposes business to risk

Warwick Ashford

Professionals are risking their reputations by accepting information and communication technology (ICT) policies they do not understand, research by management and communication software company NETconsent has revealed.

A poll of members of The Federation Against Software Theft found that while 94% had ICT security policies in place and 60% were updated each year, 77% did not have processes in place to ensure staff fully understood those policies.

The research report said this was increasing the risk of policy breaches and expenditure or disciplinary processes.

The research showed 44% of respondents lacked confidence in their colleagues' understanding of ICT policies and 40% said they had taken disciplinary action against staff for breaking policies.

"Policy management tools are fast becoming an essential application for those serious about demonstrating best practice and exemplary corporate governance," said Dominic Saunders, operations director for NETconsent.

The research found only 44% of respondents had an ICT policy that required regular review and 10% said they would never update their ICT policy.

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