Corporations are investing more dollars in networks safeguards. But most systems still are open to attack because of a failure by businesses to also weave security processes into their daily operations. “Even the best security is useless in the hands of incompetent management who do not know how to use it,” said Daniel Webster, a consultant with DWEBster Inc., a Burnsville, Minn.-based information technology consulting firm. Webster spoke on network security at the Comdex Chicago 2002 conference today. Many companies are installing such security tools as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Yet, for the best results, enterprises also need to conduct regular security assessments that focus on having adequate backup systems, keeping passwords safe from unauthorized users and insuring that former and disgruntled employees are denied access to systems, Webster said. Written corporate policies, he added, need to include procedures for safeguarding the Internet, intranet, telecommunications and mobile activity. “Security tools have to be observed, tested and modified as our world changes,” Webster noted. “That must be done consistently.”

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