Most UK businesses are still in the dark about the importance of securing IT systems and only one in seven organisations has a security management policy in place, according to a survey carried out by the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Information Security Breaches Survey 2000, which was sponsored by Axent, Nokia and BT, also found that out of 1,000 firms questioned, 31 per cent do not view computer data as sensitive or critical to their businesses.
Malcolm Skinner, EMEA product marketing manager at Axent, said the results demonstrated the "untapped" nature of the security market and the need for education "especially among SMEs".
He added: "VARs can play a key role in getting the message across that businesses have to implement a security management policy, especially if they plan to take advantage of the Net. Most UK firms still don't believe they can be attacked, so they don't appreciate the risks involved."
The DTI also found that 82 per cent of those surveyed that have external electronic links do not use any firewall protection and 59 per cent of those with a Web site had no site protection.
Claire Grove, marketing manager at security VAR Axial Systems, was surprised at the survey's findings. She said: "When it comes to security, most firms are still reactive rather than proactive."
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