Asian firms spending more on Internet security: IDC

Fears of virus and hacker attacks and the increasing popularity of electronic commerce are driving spending on Internet security in the Asia-Pacific region, a technology research firm said.

International Data Corp. (IDC) said Wednesday 60 percent of enterprises surveyed felt their greatest security threat is a virus attack while 22 percent perceive threats from hackers as the top concern. Seven out of 10 businesses said they had experienced an Internet security breach and 39 percent felt the volume of threats to their organizations has increased in the past year. Nearly all businesses surveyed had some form of Internet security in place but these are mainly “off-the-shelf anti-virus products” not high-end solutions, it said. “The perception that security threats are increasing, coupled with further integration of e-business in the Asian workplace, is driving enterprises to look beyond anti-virus software toward more advanced solutions,” said IDC senior analyst Nathan Miller. Full Story

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