UK security 'most shameful in Europe'

    Date30 Oct 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    4268
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Despite the proliferation of high-profile attacks and a spate of recent worm and virus outbreaks European businesses are still not heeding the warning to properly protect themselves.. . . Despite the proliferation of high-profile attacks and a spate of recent worm and virus outbreaks European businesses are still not heeding the warning to properly protect themselves.

    And the UK is up there among the worst offenders - with British businesses being put to shame by the near-watertight security in place within companies in Sweden and Germany.

    The findings are the result of a Europe-wide survey conducted by security vendor MacAfee.

    Across Europe, 28 per cent of companies surveyed have no measures in place to protect them against the new breed of 'blended threat' - such as Sobig and Blaster.

    But that average, when broken down, reveals a great disparity in the preparedness of UK firms. While 12 per cent of German firms admit to being open to attack by such viruses, the figure in the UK is a staggering 43 per cent, according to MacAfee.

    The UK's blushes are spared only slightly by the Dutch who manage a shocking 43 per cent.

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