The British Standards Institute has released a new book on the latest networking standards and their importance in security.

"Delivering and Managing Real World Network Security" provides an overview of guidance given in the five parts of the BS ISO/IEC 18028 standard, including network security risks faced by modern infrastructures using LANs, WANs, wireless, broadband and VPNs as well as internet security.

A BSI spokesman explained the reasoning behind the book: "Network security is a highly topical area and this book addresses topics now engaging the minds of many organisations." The latest guidelines are in line with the information security management system standard, BS7799 and its technical security architecture requirements, ISO / IEC 17799 and ISO / IEC 27001, he added.

Electronic business is constantly growing and most companies have information systems networked both internally and externally to communicate instantly with customers and clients, the BSI said. And network technology is developing alongside this so that more people can take advantage of its benefits. But there is a major requirement to manage and protect the security of information systems and related networks, especially with increasingly remote or distributed workforces.

"There is an increased security risk as this kind of working environment can leave organisations open to both malicious and accidental dangers," said the spokesman. "Due to network technology being easily accessible, the difference between how the technology is used and the hardware and software being used can be vast."

The book is targeted at senior managers who are responsible for data and voice networking, an organisation’s overall security programme and security policy development.