Feeds

Businesses failing to recognise cybercrime dangers

IT security not a high enough priority

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Small businesses are still failing to recognise the dangers of cybercrime, according to new research.

A report, by Bibby Financial Services, reveals that small business owners are leaving themselves exposed to computer viruses and hackers, and risking major disruption to their daily operations.

Despite the fact that small businesses are willing to embrace new technologies (78 per cent now have Internet access), 12 per cent of respondents still have no anti-virus software in place to protect valuable data.

This is in spite of the fact that 43 per cent of the country's small firms have been affected by a computer virus at some time.

Increasing cases of cybercrime costs European business £14.7bn to clean up and recover, while virus outbreaks can cost businesses an average of 5000 to resolve.

David Robertson, chief executive at Bibby, said: "It is disappointing that while small firms are willing to invest in new technology, a significant minority are still unaware of how vulnerable access to the internet can leave them.

"This year has seen more viruses than ever before and they are becoming increasingly severe. Purchasing the latest state-of-the-art laptop or connecting to broadband is not enough, business owners and managers need to put IT security at the top of their business agenda."

Copyright © 2004, Startups.co.uk logo

Related stories

Tektrol's worst case scenario
Online extortion works
Gimme clean bandwidth

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.