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Viruses strike a quarter of UK businesses

A quarter of UK businesses have been infected with a virus within the last year, according to research from IDC.

Will Garside

The research was commissioned to coincide with the launch of a virus scanning service by broadband network provider, BT Ignite.

The report found that as many as 47% of the business executives questioned believed that existing viruses did little or no damage. One-third of respondents said that they only updated anti-virus software once a month, while more than a half claimed they had no policy in place to deal with the sending and opening of e-mails.

BT Ignite's service has been licensed from the anti-virus vendor MessageLabs, which has seen the number of virus incidents rise from one in 1,500 e-mails a year ago to one in 400 today.


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