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Wed 18 Nov 2009 12:50 PM

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Cyber attacks hit almost 60% of Mideast businesses

Survey shows companies increasingly under threat from internet viruses.

Fifty seven percent of businesses across the region have suffered two or more cyber attacks in the past six months, the latest research shows.

According to the internet security firm Trend Micro, businesses need to do more to protect their company data and computer systems from web viruses.

The firm found that 29 percent of executives said they stored personal data on their work computer, putting them under threat from identity theft if security measures are breached.

While only 14 percent of the 800 executives surveyed during the Gitex technology show in Dubai last month said they had confidence in their company’s IT security systems.

“Employee behaviour, lack of awareness, and inadequate protection are putting Middle Eastern businesses at risk,” said Chris Moore, managing director, Trend Micro Middle East.

“Ninety two percent of all attacks have a web component and organisations need to ensure that they are protecting their business from loss of data, credibility and money.”

The poll also found that 98 percent of employees admitted to surfing the internet for non-work related activities, with 42 percent admitting to doing this regularly, and 31 percent spending one to four hours of work time doing so.

Spam emails are also becoming more of a problem in the region with the highest count seen in the UAE, closely followed by Saudi Arabia, the firm said.

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