US and UK companies express the greatest concern about the future impact on business from cyber-threats, according to a recent survey conducted by B2B International in conjunction with Kaspersky Lab. Over half the respondents from these countries expect the risk to their businesses from cyber-threats to rise sharply by 2014.
The Global IT Security Risks survey, carried out in July 2012, represents the views of 3,300 senior IT professionals from 22 countries worldwide on major issues facing the industry. Respondents were all IT experts involved in decision-making processes, including those with direct influence over company security strategy.
Commenting on the results of the study, Alexander Erofeev, Chief Marketing Officer of Kaspersky Lab, said: “It is not surprising that companies in developed countries are so concerned about cyber-security risks in the immediate future. Contemporary businesses rely on thousands of devices, both in the office and on the move, and it is critically important to protect this infrastructure from external threats. In just a few minutes cybercriminals can cause crippling damage to a company, leading to financial loss, the leakage of sensitive data, security breaches and potentially serious legal problems.”
While US and UK companies are preparing for a future with cyber-threats, in some countries IT security has already become the number one problem for businesses. According to the survey, companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China currently suffer most from cyber-security issues. More than a quarter have been affected in some way. At the other end of the scale, in Saudi Arabia businesses do not see cyber-threats as a serious problem, and do not expect any change in the immediate future.
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Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.