Stepping up security

IT professionals say their employers don't do enough to secure their workplaces, according to the results of a survey from Techies.com.

The survey of 888 technology workers found that their companies' security is the same or worse than it was two years ago. Respondents felt vulnerable in all areas - from computer security to building restrictions to personal safety. Techies recommended their employers boost security measures in the following areas:

* Access to desks/workspaces: 54%.

* Access to personnel files: 50%.

* Access to the parking lot or garage: 47%.

* Access to logged-in workstations: 47%.

* Access to my work files/papers: 46%.

* Personal safety when working late: 43%.

* Access to the building: 41%.

* Access to turned-off workstations: 39%.

* Personal safety during work hours: 24%.

Almost one-fourth of respondents say their employers do little to prevent unauthorized access to offices other than locking the doors at night. Here are some of the measures other firms take:

* After-hours alarm system: 32%.

* 24-hour alarm system: 20%.

* Monitored alarm system with video cameras: 29%.

* Use security guards after hours: 37%.

* Use security guards during and after business hours: 32%.

Most IT professionals also take some form of security precautions when they leave their work areas. Among the findings:

* Use a password screensaver: 55%.

* Conceal money or valuables: 40%.

* Lock desk: 28%.

* Lock office: 25%.

* Remove valuables from car so they'll be safe: 21%.

* Leave valuables in car so they'll be safe: 7%.

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