Security problems persist - even at police departments

Security problems persist - even at police departments

IT security is necessary everywhere, as more companies have begun to store important data. There are deficiencies all over, however, including organizations with clear and obvious security needs, like police departments. According to The Age, several computer systems at the Victoria, Australia, police department fall short of requirements, demonstrating the pressing need for up-to-date technology.

Police computers lack features

The Age reported that the Victoria Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security identified holes in a wide variety of computer security systems throughout the Australian state. According to the source, a new report by the commissioner found problems in the police HR database. Though the program was purchased recently, it did not pass muster and largely lacked documentation.

The news was not all bad. According to The Age, Commissioner David Watts observed efforts to fight back against the gaps in the system and improve coverage.

''Victoria Police has made encouraging progress in addressing information security and management issues this year, but much remains to be done,'' he told the news provider.

Checking computer systems for security deficiencies is a relatively common procedure and one that companies can engage in voluntarily before an inspection. Self-initiated penetration testing can save companies the wasted time, money and possible regulatory consequences of a failed inspection.

Defensive features in key fields

Some organizations and industries are at greater risk of data loss than others. These fields are typically covered by extensive laws and regulations but, in cases where these are optional, companies sometimes overlook them. Mortgage Finance Gazette contributor Paul Brooks explained that U.K. mortgage providers, for example, have only recently begun to turn their attention to meeting international data standards. These are especially important as law enforcement officials have noted difficulty finding culprits of fraud in the field.