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Subject: Newsbank: Panda finds that 13% of UK firms do not use security software
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By Carrie-ann Skinner, PC Advisor UK
August 03, 2010 12:06 PM ET
More than one in ten (13 percent)
According to the security firm's 'International Barometer of Security in SMBs', more than half (57 percent) of these firms believe security software isn't important.
Furthermore, 14 percent of those firms that do have security software have failed to keep it up-to-date. Panda said
Despite the number of companies using antivirus software in the
A third of these infections came from surfing the web, while USB devices were also responsible for a third of infections. Email and peer-to-peer (p2p) software accounted for 16 percent of infections.
The majority of
"The barometer shows that there is still a long way to go in educating people about the importance of having comprehensive security on their desktop," said Luis Corrons, technical director, Panda Security.
He said it was alarming that a "high percentage of users are failing to update their security systems".
"It's extremely important to keep all security systems up to date to ensure that known vulnerabilities are properly patched. Users that don't apply the security fixes released by manufacturers run the risk of being targeted by cyber criminals, as these security holes can be used to infect or infiltrate systems."