ITers won't be headless chickens



Daniel Thomas

"It has got my managing director jumping up and down, but I am not running around like a headless chicken." That was the...



Daniel Thomas

"It has got my managing director jumping up and down, but I am not running around like a headless chicken." That was the reaction of Darren Haughton, IT manager at power conversion products supplier Astec Europe, when asked for his reaction to the Microsoft breach.

It was typical of the response of many IT professionals contacted by Computer Weekly, following Microsoft's high-profile security breach.

Ken Spronston, head of IT at Chester City Council, was philosophical about the situation. "If anybody wants to get into anything they will do it - Buckingham Palace has been broken into, as has US Navy headquarters," he said. "Technology is a risk, but you are not going to get anybody safer than Microsoft."

Geoff Turner, computer manager at financial services company Abbey Life Assurance, was less certain of Microsoft's security credentials. "There have always been doubts about whether Microsoft has the best security," he said.

However, Turner added, "We're going to wait and see what Microsoft's reaction is before doing anything."

Engineering services provider Amec is adopting the same wait-and-see approach, according to IT manager Paul Smith-Allen. "We're not reviewing policy at this stage although we are going to discuss it," he said.

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