ABS facts

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001-2002:

p 86 per cent of businesses with computers recorded the use of some form of IT security;

p the most common form of Internet security was anti-virus software or a virus scanner (80 per cent), with other forms of IT security less prevalent;

p 41 per cent of companies that use computers reported a security breach or incident during the past 12 months;

p viruses were the most common security incident (38 per cent), 15 per cent reported a Trojan or worm incident;

p 35 per cent of businesses reported no impact of a security breach, however 46 per cent reported a down time in service, 37 per cent reported a corruption of hardware or software, 27 per cent reported corruption or loss of data, and 2 per cent reported web site defacement; and

p security breaches were mainly from people outside of the organisation (80 per cent) and 18 per cent of businesses did not know the source of the security breach.

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RECENT META Group research has found that 80 per cent of US-based business people prefer to communicate via email rather than telephone. A recent online survey of 387 US businesses showed that 74 per cent of respondents believe being without email would present bigger problems than being without a phone. The top three reasons why business people preferred email communication were: email facilitates communication with multiple parties; email enables more rapid communication; and email generates a written record of the interaction.

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