Sharp rise in computer crime in Australia

Monday, 20 May 2002, 7:02 PM EST

Computer crime in Australia has jumped sharply, despite record spending on IT security, a survey has found.

The 2002 Australian Computer Crime and Security Survey found 67 per cent of the 300 companies surveyed had fallen victim to computer crime this year, twice the amount recorded in 1999. Yet 70 per cent of those organisations had increased security spending.

One of the main conclusions was that employees continue to represent a significant source of attack with 50 per cent of companies reporting security breaches from within.

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