This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.X

Securing businesses is "extremely challenging", claim UK bosses

Share this article:
British businesses are finding maintaining the security of their organisations extremely challenging, according to an online poll conducted by security firm Webroot Software, which was released today.

63.4% of businesses said they agreed with the statement: "Maintaining internet security is extremely challenging for my organisation". Just 4.5% of respondents said they strongly disagreed.

The poll was conducted among board level executives and IT professionals in 313 UK businesses. It found great concern over malware, which led to a loss of sales in three out of ten businesses surveyed. Other results of failing to stop malware were compromised information and a decline in worker and IT department productivity.

The survey also found widespread concerns over the explosion of social networking sites. Nine in ten businesses said sites like Facebook and MySpace were causing an online security threat, which one in five companies described as "major". But firms remain reluctant to block access to these sites, with just 34.8% of companies imposing a restriction.

In terms of types of attacks, the most dangerous are malicious spyware, those taking advantage of browser vulnerabilities and web application exploits, according to the respondents.

Just 84% of firms said they were using desktop security software to protect their organisation, with the others reliant on gateway products and hosted security.

"Things are becoming more challenging for IT admins. Unique samples of malware are up 500% year-on-year," said Michael Irwin, Webroot Software's chief operating officer. "The flipside is IT managers are trying to get more efficient, but budgets aren't necessarily increasing."
Share this article:

SC webcasts on demand

This is how to secure data in the cloud


Exclusive video webcast & Q&A sponsored by Vormetric


As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. With the appropriate security safeguards, such as fine-grained access policies, a move to the cloud is as, or more, secure than an on-premise data storage.


View the webcast here to find out more

More in News

SharePoint users break own security rules

SharePoint users break own security rules

Privilege controls can work, but cannot cater for all eventualities, says Quocirca analyst Rob Bamforth.

Heartbleed slows down the internet

Heartbleed slows down the internet

As Hearbleed slows down the internet, experts say that two-factor authentication may the way forward to protect our web sessions.

Biometric data collection sparks privacy debate

Biometric data collection sparks privacy debate

You could be implicated as a criminal suspect, just by virtue of having that image in the non-criminal file, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).