A small oversight, just one click too many - and it’s already too late. Anyone allowing a trojan or virus to slip on to their computer system can be certain that the consequences will be grave. That is if the ‘infection’ is even recognised, as malicious software is becoming increasingly intelligent and refined. Therefore, prevention is the first priority in maintaining security at workstations, which the IT department strictly monitor. Sometimes so strictly, that their image suffers as a result. Unfairly: without experts in IT security, we would all still be limited in our abilities to work.
In-house IT is, in the best case, an invisible power that observes everything from the background and immediately jumps in whenever there's a problem. The colleagues in IT usually only become unpopular when they show themselves, and insist that their colleagues strictly observe the tedious rules of conduct. Don't use any foreign USB sticks, don’t just click on links in emails, always save a backup - the usual list of IT security regulations is rather long these days. But does it really have to be this way?