The virus threat is on the rise according to a new report from antivirus company MessageLabs, with government sectors bearing the brunt of the damage.
Over the course of this year, virus incidents are set to rise by a worrying 222 per cent in the government sector, compared to a mere 62 per cent rise in email usage for the sector.
But the government won't be alone. Also facing a drastic rise in virus attacks is the commercial sector, with the manufacturing industry looking at an increase of 234 per cent in virus attacks. The media sector will also take a battering with a 219 per cent rise.
Mark Sunner, chief technical officer at MessageLabs, said that the figures were 'disturbing'.
"Although the use of email continues to flourish, and awareness of viruses increases, we aren't seeing a proportional rise in effective virus protection," he said. "Companies and organisations should be doing more to stop viruses before they can cause any damage to IT systems."
Sunner said that it is unrealistic to expect employees to be wholly responsible for stopping viruses by updating antivirus software. "The figures show that there are now just too many viruses and virus variants out there for traditional AV software to cope with," he said. "Virus protection must take place at the internet level, preventing viruses getting anywhere near company network boundaries."
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