To protect their computers most companies and home-users will simply install a firewall and anti-virus programme, in the belief that this will solve all of their worries. Unfortunately such solutions offer little protection from other threats that are out there and is one of the most basic potential failings in an IT setup.

Some startling facts:
  • The estimated cost of a data breach caused by negligence is $196 per record, an increase of 27 percent from 2009
  • Most breaches in their sample (85 percent) were not considered “difficult” and could have been avoided without “hi-tech” or expensive measures
  • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) can be cracked in as little as 10 minutes
  • Operating system log-in prompts can be cracked
  • 1 in 20 e-mails are infected with malware
  • Formatting hard drives does not guarantee that data is gone forever
  • Roughly 1 in 3 computer users has been a victim of viruses, spyware or phishing
  • Latest statistics show that close on 9000 new viruses are created each month
The cyber world is full of threats: worms, phishing, hoaxes, trojans, viruses, hackers, spam, key loggers and spyware. It is important to understand that these threats can come from all directions: email, downloads, Wi-Fi, web browsers, USB devices and CDs.

Malware can destroy your data, transmit data without your knowledge or just simply bog down your system. Virus attacks cost industry billions of pounds a year, on top of which it causes wasted system resources and wastes staff time.

While it is true that IT security doesn’t generate any revenue for a company, a breakdown in protection and loss of client data can be devastating. Lawsuits, bad press, loss of client trust and damage to a brand and/or reputation can make doing business difficult after a breach.