Over 70 percent of businesses are hacked

Tuesday, 27 May 2003, 12:49 PM EST

A survey has found that three-quarters of businesses in Asia have suffered from network intrusions in the past, says market research firm IDC.

According to IDC's recent survey of over 1,000 companies across nine countries in Asia-Pacific, 72 percent of enterprises have experienced an Internet security breach while 39 percent felt their online threats have increased in the past year.

And while 97 percent of those surveyed have some form of Internet security in place, these tended to be off-the-shelf anti-virus products, said Nathan Midler, a senior analyst with IDC Asia-Pacific.

"The perception that security threats are increasing, coupled with further integration of e-business in the Asian workplace, is driving enterprises to look beyond anti-virus software," he added.

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