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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Elite Warns Companies of Internal Data Vulnerability

DATE: 2006-04-27 15:56:25 UTC | SOURCE: KevinT

SMBs Can Secure Their Network by Educating Employees on Data Policies to Deter Internal Theft and Increasing Productivity by Eliminating Unproductive Routine Tasks

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--April 27, 2006--Elite Development Group, providing security programs and focused network integration, continues to see a growing importance in securing internal data from unauthorized access. A recent industry survey, released in January 2006, found 64 percent of 2,066 organizations suffered a monetary loss from computer security episodes over a 12-month period. A rise in theft activities makes monitoring of networks significant in identifying employees misuse of computers.

Data is a company's second most valuable asset after its employees. As new technology shrinks in size, with devices such as iPods, SBC thumb drives, PDAs, flash memory and other tiny memory storage units it is very easy to discreetly transfer company data from an employee computer station to anywhere in the world -- all without detection. In May of 2005, the Bank of America Corporation, the Wachovia Corporation, and several other banks had over 670,000 customers' accounts breached and compromised by insiders. Elite Development Group provides up-to-date data defenses with state-of-the-art technology to battle unforeseen troubles consumer hi-tech products might allow.

"Small and mid-size companies need to invest in protecting their data -- now more than ever. The U.S. Department of Justice predicts that employee theft will grow by as much as 15 percent over the next few years," said Nicole Friel, President and CEO of Elite Development Group. "Only by staying current with changing technologies and informing employees of correct policies, will companies be in a position to securely safeguard their data."

According to a recent report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 46 percent of all workplace fraud occurs within small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Company fraud costs U.S. businesses about $660 billion annually. By training employees on the proper handling of information for memory devices, E-mails, and IMs, they will know how to make the right decisions with the company's data and improve their own time management. Random monitoring of employees computer usage ensures that they are following the training guidelines and it also increases work productivity by focusing the employee on necessary tasks.

This helps eliminate unnecessary responsibilities such as the thirty minutes spent clearing out the daily spam and e-mails unrelated to work. Multiple steps need to be put in place to protect the company's most sensitive data. Elite Development Group finds this balance between company security and employees' privacy by the use of:

* Background checks of employees

* Acceptable computer use policies

* Network monitoring

* Separation of duties

* Restricted computer access

* Yearly Network Vulnerability Assessment

Elite Development Group's team of certified technical engineers proactively respond to network threats in order to create the most effective IT network safety measures. Through the development of administration policies and best security practices, Elite Development Group provides the essential tools to block aggressive hi-tech criminals from manipulating, stealing, or destroying data on a company's network. Their Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) service can detect, notify, and take corrective action against unauthorized network access or misuse.

About Elite Development Group
Elite Development Group is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and supplies specialized network integration and security initiatives for small to mid-size companies across California. Their certified technical engineers provide the latest network safety measures and proactively respond to anticipated network threats.

Elite Development Group designs, manufactures, and supplies innovative custom configured mid- to high-end servers, workstations, and storage solutions integrated with state-of-the-art network security software and hardware from the foremost companies including Intel, Symantec, Barracuda Networks, eEye Digital Security, Kerio Technologies Inc. and Hewlett-Packard.

For more information about Elite Development Group, please visit their Website at www.elitedevgroup.com .


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