Nearly three quarters of the UK's corporate IT managers believe the Internet is not secure enough for use by business, and around half find it unreliable. A survey published last week by The Open Group found that the level of scepticism towards the Internet among UK companies is very high, and even ideal conditions and service guarantees fail to satisfy most managers. The study was conducted late last year among 100 UK Times 500 companies, and aimed to find out whether UK firms use the Net for business purposes and, if so, to what level. Only 54% replied positively to the question, "If you had a defined collection of specifications, technologies and products that were guaranteed to give you secure and reliable Internet transactions, do you think that would be a great cost benefit to your company?" The respondents were more unanimous when it came to the question of who would provide these guarantees. Overall, 70% thought it should be up to suppliers to ensure their products were secure and reliable, whereas only 15% thought the responsibility should fall on the government. Eight in 10 felt there had to be some form of regulation of the Internet for it be successful in the long term, and two-thirds of respondents found the present system of standards and solutions to be confusing. The Open Group hopes to address these concerns by releasing an open standard, which will specify the technologies to be used to guarantee security and reliability when using the Internet for mission critical transactions. "By April, we should have a complete list of technologies to use, and know what we have to develop, to propose an end-to-end infrastrucure (for secure Internet transactions)," said Jeffrey Manton, Internet director at The Open Group. "We actually think everything's already there."
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