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COMPUTER SECURITY GUIDELINES DRAWN UP BY MAJOR COMPANIES

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A group of businesses including Midland Bank, BT, Shell UK and Unilever has drawn up a code of practice for compute...
A group of businesses including Midland Bank, BT, Shell UK and Unilever has drawn up a code of practice for computer security, The Independent reports (p7).

The Department of Trade and Industry, which helped put together the guidelines, estimates that computer system failures cost British business about £1.1 billion a year, about half of which is due to deliberate attacks on security.

The paper reports John Nicholas, deputy director-general of the Institute of Directors, as warning that systems were under threat from computer viruses, hackers, bombs, industrial espionage, fraud and petty crime. The new guidelines cover ways to deal with all these, including physical security and anti-virus software. Companies are becoming increasingly vulnerable, says the group, because of the growing use of computer networks that talk to other organisations, such as suppliers.

The Code of Practice for Information Security Management is published by BSI Publications (0908 221166).
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