Computer-related security breaches are on the rise

Monday, 15 March 2004, 1:03 PM EST

A computer virus cost Arosnet Internet Services between $5,000 and $8,000 in lost time this year when a client's computer infected its network.

The Salt Lake City company is not alone. More than 137,500 computer-related security incidents were reported nationwide in 2003, the highest number since 1999 and nearly three times as many as 2001, when 52,658 incidents were reported, according to Computer Economics Inc. (CEI) in California.

"It can knock you out of business for a week," said Alan Paller, director of research at Sans Institute in Washington, D.C., a training organization for computer security.

By Kathy Gurchiek at The Salt Lake Tribune.

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