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IT issues take precedence over the World Cup final for staffers, as bandwidth increases by half during matches

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One in ten IT staffers would delay fixing a network problem due to the World Cup.

Research by Tufin Technologies of 241 UK IT professionals, found that 87 per cent would forego a match to fix a major IT disaster during the World Cup final. One respondent said that ‘the score will not change if you're not watching it' while another made the statement that ‘you must fix your ship or sink with it'.

Tufin's Shaul Efraim, VP of products, marketing and business development, said: “Although there have been many reports of people skiving to watch the matches – especially with the favourable time differences, our study shows that many network defenders will not be taking their eye of the ball.

“IT professionals have been busy preparing for this event in the months preceding the opening ceremony in South Africa, fully aware that there will be others within the organisation that could compromise the system by streaming video content, downloading apps and visiting websites - all potentially harbouring and injecting malicious code. By ensuring patches and policies are up to date, and that your firewall is fully optimised, the next month should pass by without major incident – at least off the pitch.”

The findings are in contrast to the findings released two weeks ago by the Chartered Management Institute, who questioned 700 British businesses and found they were worried the competition could cost ‘a fortune in lost production as employees take time off and waste time nattering about the tournament'.

Web traffic stats for the World Cup so far have shown that web traffic has increased by as much as 50 per cent in the UK during World Cup matches, with the figure indicating that employees are taking time out of work to watch live streaming of these football matches on their work computers.

Cisco product manager Spencer Parker, said: “This figure indicates that employees are actively taking an interest in the World Cup during working hours. Employees could be watching live streaming of these football matches on their PCs, checking the score during the matches, or even listening to the games. As a result we have seen this significant uplift in web traffic at the precise times that the matches are taking place.

“Although the level of malware around the World Cup is still relatively low at this point, early signs should act as a caution to users. With every popular global event comes targeted malware. Users should avoid clicking on unknown links as well as ensuring their security systems are updated.”

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