Europe “unaware” of network security risks

The European Commission has warned that Europe continues to be ‘unaware’ of the security risks to computer networks.

The European Commission has warned that Europe continues to be ‘unaware’ of the security risks to computer networks.

Unveiling a new awareness campaign called IT Security for Europe, the Commission said
companies, individuals and public authorities still spend too little on securing their computers and networks. The 5 per cent to 13 per cent of IT expenditure spent on security is “alarmingly low," the Commission said.

Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding’s warning gave a now familiar refrain: that the nature of the security threat is changing and so should the security community’s response, which echoes the conclusions of the recent DTI Security Breaches report.

In the past, hackers were motivated by a desire to show off whereas today, many threats come from criminal activities and are motivated by profit. What we need is a renewed strategy based on dialogue, partnership and empowerment, Reding said.

The Commission now wants to compare national policies on network and information security to improve the dialogue among public authorities across the E.U, identify best practices and so raise the security awareness of end users.

Yes, but we’re heard all this before. Will this latest awareness campaign actually work?

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