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SMBs ‘careless’ towards IT security

UK computer users are more reckless in their computer behaviour at work than those in other countries, according to a survey compiled on behalf of IT security specialist Trend Micro.

The company believes such attitudes are more prevalent at SMBs that typically do not have the constant presence of an IT department.

The study has shown that UK users are more careless in their behaviour when using an employer’s machine. Over half of the respondents (53%) say they rely on IT departments to rescue them when incidents happen. When asked why they were more carefree with their online behaviour at work than at home, 45% stated that they are not as worried because it’s not their computer equipment.

Pat Dunne, sales director Northern Europe for Trend Micro, says, "Despite all the warnings, people still make avoidable mistakes and needlessly expose their PCs to computer nasties that ultimately cause critical computers to fail. The solution is rethinking how companies warn employees about IT threats, and adopting more automated defence systems that entirely bypass employees who may be the weak link."

Trend Micro has compiled a list of the most avoidable support calls. One classic example it cites is Naked Anna, when hundreds of callers re-infected their machines continually with a virus, as they repeatedly tried to view an infected picture of Anna Kournikova received via e-mail.


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