Trend Micro attacks malware threat

Trend Micro Middle East launches initiative to better protect businesses from hackers, spam, viruses and malware in general.

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By  Shankar Sharma Published  March 17, 2005

A new study released by the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA) reveals that small and medium businesses (SMB) are more vulnerable to security attacks than larger companies, due mainly to the lack of adequate anti-virus strategies. To help to limit this threat, Trend Micro Middle East, a leading global provider of network anti-virus and Internet security software services, is launching a campaign to educate businesses with simple steps they can take to protect IT systems from virus attack. Trend’s own research, targeting organisations with 500 employees or fewer, has shown that 56% of participants have been victims of a virus attack in the last 12 months – even though 77.5% already have a security policy in place. The research also shows that participants reported costs of between US$15,000 and US$200,000 for repairing systems after a serious attack. Trend’s ‘Security Solutions’ campaign aims to provide expert advice to small businesses that operate with limited inhouse IT resources. The comprehensive guide to safer computing covers three essential areas of a successful security strategy for small businesses: people, processes and technology. “Start-up, small, and medium-sized businesses have a lot of technical issues to deal with on a daily basis,” explains Samir Kirouani, technical manager, Trend Micro Middle East. “We want to make life easier for these organisations by passing on safer computing tips so that they can get on with day-to-day business.” The first step for organisations of all sizes is to develop guidelines that are easy to comprehend and carry out. A fallback procedure should form part of this policy, with instructions for actions that should be taken if a security breach occurs. The risk analysis project should examine the protection of data from hackers, spam, viruses and malware in general.

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