Three-quarters experienced virus attacks on average 255 times during the year.
More than one in 10 had suffered at the hands of criminals who stole and misrepresented the companies website. And even more fell victim to theft of data.
There is, however, encouraging evidence - indicating a higher level of awareness amongst senior decision makers in companies - but still more needs to be done.
Regular security audits were missing from the business plans of 23 per cent of respondents and over one-third did not comply with any security standards at all.
Most now acknowledge the benefit of working with police in neutralising the threat posed by hi-tech criminality - with some 84 per cent of companies stating that working with the NHTCU was relevant to their organisation.
This is a positive indicator I know, but I will not be entirely satisfied until we have won over the remaining 16 per cent. In cyberspace as we have seen now on many occasions you are only as strong as the weakest link.
Over the past year the NHTCU has emerged through a phase that has seen refinement, sophistication and reinforcement across a broad range of initiatives.
The shifting dynamics of the digital terrain do not naturally lend themselves to this consolidation process, so in many respects the scale and diversity of the challenge has grown.
Yet it is an absolute truth that the cutting edge technology, which shapes the theatre of operations today, will become commonplace tomorrow, and may even be heading for obsolescence the day there after; and as science alters the dimensions of the medium that is our workplace, so we will have to adapt time and time again. The secret is of course to develop a mindset to match the flexibility and multiplicity of the landscape.
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