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UK firms ill-equipped to prevent security attacks

So-called ‘blended threats’ pose the greatest danger to unprotected companies. Almost half of UK businesses have no technology in place to protect against common security attacks, according to research. And as many as 38 per cent have no plans to install systems to alleviate the dangers posed by the combined threat of hackers targeting software and network infrastructure, says a survey by McAfee Security. ‘Blended’ threats, like the Slammer and Blaster worms that struck earlier in the year, are the biggest danger, says Chris Thompson, vice president of product marketing at McAfee. Blended threats combine the characteristics of worms, viruses, trojan horses and malicious code containing server and internet vulnerabilities, and are capable of propagating by multiple methods, causing maximum damage. ‘A massive 42 per cent of UK businesses don’t have the technology in place to deal with a blended threat and they’re not taking steps to implement it,’ said Thompson. ‘This is very worrying for UK businesses because these blended attacks are clearly one of the biggest corporate threats when it comes to security,’ he said. Full Story

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