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The real impact of viruses: Part 2

While computer security companies continue to fight and alert people to new viruses or their mutations, we continue to hide our heads in the sand. Seriously at risk are smaller organisations, which account for roughly 30 per cent of UK companies. Larger companies are generally more aware as they have the staff and can spend time looking at the newsgroups and websites. This is not the case for smaller enterprises, according to Neil Downing from PSI Europe. The chaos and confusion brought about by the latest wave of computer-borne viruses and worms shows just how vital it is for firms, especially SMEs, to ensure that their IT departments are fighting fit. But this extra pressure is being placed on already over-stretched corporate IT departments trying to patch and protect their systems. Budget cutbacks in companies have not only led to reduced IT spend on infrastructure, but have left many IT departments pared to the bone in terms of manpower. This cutback in manpower seriously hinders a company’s ability to protect itself. Security patches may need to be applied manually to every desktop within an organisation and this can be a time consuming process. Full Story

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