Poor investment leads to poor security

Companies are continuing to provide a window of opportunity for viruses to spread, and IT managers feel that necessary security...

Companies are continuing to provide a window of opportunity for viruses to spread, and IT managers feel that necessary security measures are hampered by a lack of senior management action and a shortfall in investment.

An online survey by industry research company Rapid Research, conducted among UK IT managers, found that companies could be “sleep-walking into the growing problem of viruses and spam”.

Anti-virus software patch management is the first line of defence against IT security loopholes, but 12% of respondents did not update their software frequently enough, leaving one month or more between updates.

This goes some way to explain why 5% of respondents admitted that a virus currently infected their firms, despite these companies all using anti-virus software.

Thirty per cent of IT managers surveyed felt that the most important improvement that could be made was to keep technology up to date. Other areas highlighted for improvement were staff education (26%) and security skills (20%).

Yet many companies surveyed are not planning to invest significantly in IT security. 70% will be spending less than £10,000 this year. This figure indicates a huge difference between outlay, priority and needs, said Rapid Research. 54% felt that security was not a top priority for senior management.

Not surprisingly, 61% thought security incidents would get worse in 2005.

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