With many of the potential liabilities arising out of contractual relationships, company’s can help mitigate some of the risks by practising good contractual management. Meanwhile, complying with security standards such as BS 7799 - best practice recommendations for information security management - can decrease the risk of a virus infections.
MPs are currently reviewing UK computer misuse legislation, but even if this does strengthen the deterrent effect, the global nature of the problem means it will not have a significant impact on the increasing proliferation of viruses.
It is the diligent application of security patches, improved employee education over the risk of email attachments, and maintaining up-to-date anti-virus software that will remain key weapons in the fight to minimise the legal and commercial risks of virus infection.
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