[ISN] Computer crime hits a third of Aussie companies

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Date: Sun Feb 28 1999 - 14:13:16 PST

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    Computer crime hits a third of companies 
    By Laura Mason
    SYDNEY - At least one in three Australian companies have been the targets
    of computer crime according to the report of a survey into computer crime
    released today. 
    The survey, conducted by the Victoria Police Computer Crime Squad (VPCCS)
    and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, reveals that 33 per cent of Australian
    companies admit to experiencing an IT security breach in the past 12
    This result does not differ significantly from a similar survey conducted
    last year. 
    The real figure, according to the report, could be much greater due in
    part to the fact that many companies fail to report computer crime.  "Due
    to potential bad publicity and loss of public confidence, organisations
    are reluctant to release information relating to their losses from
    computer crime" said David Caldwell), officer in charge, VPCCS. 
    "I suspect that the real number [of computer crimes] is significantly
    higher," Dean Kingsley, of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, said.  The survey
    revealed that 83 per cent of breaches were internal, committed by
    employees, consultants or contractors.  According to the survey 75 per
    cent of attacks appeared to be random, opportunistic intrusions. 
    Costs resulting from repairing systems after intrusions, and theft, had
    topped $100,000 for 4 per cent of respondents, and more than $10,000 for
    12 per cent of respondents. 
    Kingsley advised organisations to analyse their security and identify the
    most significant risks. Then, he said organisations could design
    technological and procedural responses to risks such as implementation of
    security hardware and software, implementation of security policies and
    standards, and provision of employee awareness training.
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