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UK workers too busy to care about computer security, says new study

Ninety per cent of UK workers consider basic email security ‘not my job’ A survey commissioned by Novell studying 1,000 workers in the UK has revealed many consider themselves too busy or not responsible for the most basic aspects of email security such as whether to open unsolicited mail or execute attachments. Novell classifies these types as BEES (Busy Employees Endangering Security) and ANTS (Apathetic Non-Technical Staff). Most worrying perhaps is that 90 per cent of those surveyed felt they had no part to play in preventing the spread of viruses and nearly two thirds of respondents actually forward spam to friends and colleagues without thinking. The same percentage have no idea of the basic email security measures that would have prevented the spread of viruses such as MyDoom, such as not opening suspect attachments. Steve Brown, managing director, Novell, said: ‘This research has demonstrated that people… don’t take any personal responsibility for minimising risks. With computer systems at the heart of most businesses today, it’s vital that companies stress the importance of virus protection. Full Story

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