Spyware performs activities on the computer without one's knowledge or consent. Spyware software uses technology to secretly gather information about a person or organization and gathers and relays information about the user to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware is part of an overall public concern about privacy on the Internet. Organizations that are successful in using Information Technology to manage current and future business risks will achieve increased employee efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced levels of customer service, and a competitive advantage in their marketplace.
As more and more employees require access to the Internet, firms are implementing high speed connections to the World Wide Web. Companies realize there are security risks in connecting their IT systems to the Internet and are installing firewalls to protect them from potential intruders. Most companies know that a firewall is only part of a total security solution. Fortunately, security solutions are available to analyze a companys potential for risk. This white paper identifies various risks and how risk assessments help organizations get more out of their existing IT investments.