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Cupid's Arrow Will Strike From Within on Valentine's Day
- companies spend 80% of budget on external security, but the greatest threat is internal -

09 February 2001, Farnham, UK - The publicity surrounding the Valentine's Day virus once again underlines the need for companies to implement comprehensive security policies rather than just rely on anti-virus and firewall solutions in their battle to keep their computer systems and data secure, says IT security specialist PentaSafe. With the events of the last year, many companies are now realising that the large sums of money spent 'externally focussed' security solutions are just part of the picture. Undoubtedly users are 'the weakest link' and even the anti-virus vendors admit that's where the focus should be.

PentaSafe has discovered that organisations spend 80% of their budget on external data security measures, yet only 20% on implementing effective security, despite the fact that employees pose the greatest threat to an organisation's data. The problems companies are expected to face on Valentine's Day is further evidence that organisations need to allocate their data security budget accordingly.

PentaSafe Security Technologies put this spending imbalance down to the regular high-profile virus scares that are detracting attention away from the most common cause of data loss and corruption.

In a recent survey, it was found that of all global security breaches and exposures, an alarming 80% were perpetrated by employees or people within the organisation. Yet worryingly, in the UK only 15% of companies have internal security policies for the protection of data. Most internal security breaches are by disgruntled employees, or by staff accidentally corrupting or losing valuable company data.

PentaSafe claims that implementing a data protection policy that is regularly managed, evaluated and updated, is the best way to reduce the risk of data corruption, regardless of its source.

"A worryingly large number of companies think that their data is protected simply by having an anti-virus solution or firewall in place. Countering viruses is one element of what is required to keep data secure and only addresses a small part of the risk. All organisations must ensure that they have a comprehensive data security policy in place that takes into account all of the threats to data, not just high profile viruses", said David Blackman, PentaSafe marketing and channels director.

PentaSafe counts four of the Big Five auditing firms and a third of the Fortune 100 companies as clients. It offers a comprehensive set of security management solutions that create and deploy security policies throughout an organisation, providing the ability to audit, secure and detect intrusions across five key layers of an IT environment from a single point of control.

PentaSafe's VigilEnt Policy Centre provides a comprehensive security policy management solution that automates the creation, distribution and management of corporate security policies. VigilEnt Policy Centre incorporates best practices for information security policies from Charles Cresson Wood, the recognised expert in information security and author of Information Security Policy Made Easy.

About PentaSafe Security Technologies

PentaSafe Security Technologies, Inc. provides software solutions that help to secure business critical operating systems, web servers, databases, and applications. PentaSafe's technology provides companies with a systematic way to define and implement IT security policies, and monitor compliance.

PentaSafe's flagship product line, VigilEnt Enterprise Security Solution, simplifies IT security management by providing vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, and user management capabilities for mixed IT environments from a central point of control. Today, over 1,500 customers use PentaSafe solutions-including 4 of the "Big 5" auditing firms and one-third of the Fortune 100. More information about PentaSafe may be obtained at

PentaSafe and VigilEnt are registered trademarks of PentaSafe Security Technologies, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the company with which they are associated.

For more information about PentaSafe please contact:

David Blackman

PentaSafe Security Technologies Ltd

The Millennium Centre

Crosby Way




Tel: 08700 765400

Fax: 08700 765401

Press contact:

Gino Mainolfi


Tel: 01344 873445


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