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Facing the threat: IT security in a volatile landscape

In a business world that is increasingly reliant on the resilience of its IT infrastructure, firms need to identify, evaluate and respond to a variety of threats that could not only bring down the IT system, but damage productivity, profitability, client service and reputation. By Greg Taylor, Ward Hadaway.

13 March 2006

In a business world that is increasingly reliant on the resilience of its IT infrastructure, firms need to identify, evaluate and respond to a variety of threats that could not only bring down the IT system, but damage productivity, profitability, client service and reputation.

When asked to write an article on business continuity, disaster recovery and IT security, it at first appeared to be too wide and disparate a topic. After much thought, though, an alternative title came to mind that encapsulated all of the above and was much easier to digest: threats and responses. The purpose of this article is to analyse how to identify threats, evaluate their risks and prepare appropriate responses to offset business risk.

Business is all about risks. Risks are also endemic and it has often been said that a business that avoided all risks would soon go bankrupt, due to the excessive costs of its product or service.

The aim here is to address each...

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