IT managers asleep to the threat of viruses

IT managers are too complacent about viruses, according to the security vendor McAfee. It says that IT staff are letting their guard down because there hasn’t been a Melissa-style attack for some time.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 11, 2002

IT managers are too complacent about viruses, according to the security vendor McAfee. It says that IT staff are letting their guard down because there hasn’t been a Melissa-style attack for some time.

Sal Vivero, director of McAffe’s outsourced service division, argues that research by the firm shows that IT managers are not paying enough attention to security.

“Over the last two years we've seen a big virus every three months on average. Now there hasn't been one for six months, and IT managers are getting complacent,” he says.

McAfee’s research found that 30% of companies had suffered downtime in the last year because of virus attack. However, 90% of IT directors felt that they had adequate IT security.

“Our figures show complacency is becoming more and more of an issue. The focus has moved away from viruses so it’s just human nature that it’s not as high priority at work,” Viveros explains.

The research also showed that companies were still unwilling to outsource their IT security.

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