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2.2.2 The risks

The spread of computing power to individual employees via personal computers, local-area networks (LAN), and distributed processing has drastically changed the way we manage and control information resources. Internal controls and control points that were present in the past when we were dealing with manual or batch processes have not been established in many of today's automated systems. Reliance upon inadequately controlled computer systems can have serious consequences, including:

To avoid these consequences, a broad set of information security issues must be effectively and comprehensively addressed.

Denis Arnaud