Viruses Pose Biggest Threat to Asian Companies

Executives of small and medium sized businesses situated in the Asia-Pacific region consider malware as the greatest threat to their organizations, a survey revealed that came in print on the second week of February 2007.

The entry of viruses into the IT network of companies concerns Server Message Block (SMB) in all countries of Asia-Pacific other than Japan. In a new survey on wireless and networking infrastructure schemes, IDC found 40% of respondents fearing virus attacks as the most significant threat to their firms' data, network and Internet security.

The surveying firm describes virus as semi-autonomous software that is malicious in nature. It includes all types of viruses, Trojans, spyware and other forms of malware. Companies also perceive danger from hackers' attempts to intrude into company networks, denial of service attacks, corruption or theft of data, and damage of IT assets in the hands of employees, IDC researchers found.

Only 3.8% of small and medium companies regarded 'shutdown of e-business' as a serious concern showing the low rate of adoption of e-commerce in Asia-Pacific region.

Small and medium businesses of Asia-Pacific countries excluding Japan face some key challenges in adopting wireless technologies and networking system, according to Walter Lee, VP of SMB/ Channels Research and Consulting at IDC, Asia-Pacific in a statement that ITWEEK published on February 13, 2007. These are limited budget, absence of skilled workforce, maintenance of up-to-date security against the volume and sophistication of attacks, and implementation of up-to-date techniques and network ambience. Lee believes service providers can handle these problems by providing economic, easy-to-regulate solutions on a low ownership cost.

IDC results show that 46% of executives of small and medium companies expect the expenditure of their IT services to increase in 2007. Less than 30% of small businesses are likely to increase their IT service funds, indicating restraint by them to raise IT spending.

The survey also provides an in-depth analysis of the end-user's approach to wireless and networking market with respect to wireless technology, solutions for enterprise operations, IP telephony, equipments for networking infrastructure, and security of network for SMB companies existing across Asia-Pacific countries except Japan.

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