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UK complacent about virus risk

Mike Simons


UK small businesses are dangerously complacent about computer viruses according to a new survey.

A poll compared the attitude of SMEs in the UK, France and Germany and found that 100% of SMEs in France and Germany planned to take extra precautions following the Love Bug and other virus attacks.

In the UK, 62% of SMEs said they did not plan to take extra precautions to protect their data.

The poll, which questioned 150 companies, was conducted by Flagship Marketing for Iomega, the personal storage device manufacturer.

The poll follows a Mori survey in February which found that almost half of UK (46%) and French (49%) respondents thought computer viruses were a risk to their business, compared with 26% in Germany.

The latest research found that concern about virus attacks had doubled to 86% in France and 52% in Germany.

But in the UK it revealed a decline in concern about data loss from viruses.

"What concerns me is that so many UK entrepreneurs are so blasé about the threat," said Iomega European managing director Vic Sanchez. He said up-to-date anti-virus software should be supported by proper data back-up regimes.


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