UK businesses slow to combat hacker menace

More
than 90 per cent of UK businesses were attacked by computer hackers last year,
new research reveals.

The
2004 Global Information Security Survey was based on interviews with 7,000
business technology and security professionals in 40 countries.

It
found that in the UK the vast majority of companies had experienced
"system downtime as a result of security attack or espionage in the past
year".

Around
87 per cent of firms said viruses and malicious code attacks were a bigger
threat than last year, compared with 80 per cent across the rest of Europe.

However,
despite the growing menace, businesses are still not doing enough to defend
themselves from high-tech assaults, experts warned.

The
study also showed UK firms spend less on IT security than its European
neighbours.

By
Mike Berry

 

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