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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

IT Security? The Key for Employee Productivity

A recently published research reveals the repercussions of computer viruses and other security problems and their correlation to downtime on the job in small and medium businesses.  The research, conducted by Maritz among IT managers, reveals that nearly all (90 percent) reported that computer performance levels were affected by up to 50 percent due to security issues.

Key findings include: 75 percent of small and medium businesses were hit by at least one virus, with some affected over 100 times, 40 percent of respondents have been hit by hackers at least once, with some targeted more than 200 times, 29 percent don’t use anti-spam software, 34 percent don’t use spyware software, 4 percent don’t use anti-virus software and 9 percent don’t have Internet firewalls.

With these statistics demonstrating how computer security and spam issues reduce employee performance, I’m amazed that we don’t see 100 percent of small and medium businesses taking advantage of the protective technology available,” said Paul Cousino, director of Research Services at Maritz’ Information Technology Group.

Posted on 06/21