Firms neglect remote workers' IT security

Thursday, 1 May 2003, 12:11 AM EST

Many companies are adopting an "out of sight, out of mind approach" and neglecting the security of remote workers' IT systems, warns a survey.

The poll of 3,000 IT systems administrators found that although companies are diligent about updating their office-based antivirus software - with two-thirds of firms doing so on a daily basis - 70 per cent are only updating their remote workers' antivirus protection weekly or less frequently.

Some 45 per cent of businesses who responded to the survey, commissioned by security vendor Sophos, rely on monthly antivirus updates for remote workers.

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