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Broadband security: The risks of always-on

Consumers and small businesses are adopting broadband in increasing numbers but they aren’t showing the same interest in security. Enterprises have had plenty of time to get used to the security risks associated with an always-on Internet connection via dedicated leased lines. But experience hasn’t been much of a protection for the large number of companies that still fall prey to the Internet’s more unsociable elements. By 2005, says analyst firm Gartner Group, 20 percent of enterprises will experience a serious (beyond a virus) Internet security incident. Of those that do, the clean-up costs of the incident will be half as much again as the prevention costs would have been. All this doesn’t bode well for the increasing number of smaller firms and consumers — typically without the resources to devote to adequately protect systems — who are adopting broadband in ever-greater numbers. A good example of the security risk posed by an always-on unsecured PC is illustrated by a recent experiment conducted by mobile security company F-Secure during the MSBlast worm attack this month. Full Story

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