Companies do not monitor their internet usage or security

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Almost two-thirds of UK businesses do not effectively control their internet security, according to a new study.

Almost two-thirds of UK businesses do not effectively control their internet security.

According to new research by Network Box, around 65 per cent of companies spend ‘no time' managing their security systems with nearly 15 per cent spend less than 30 minutes per week managing their IT security.

Just over half (54 per cent) of companies do not have a web usage monitoring policy in place to manage bandwidth, yet nearly 70 per cent of companies said that they regularly notice a slow-down in web access speeds.

Simon Heron, internet security analyst for Network Box, said: “IT managers have been led to believe that they can put antivirus and anti-spam systems on their network, and that's the job done. This simply isn't the case.  Policies and systems need updating, bandwidth use needs monitoring and employees need to be made aware of the risks facing them online. Your security is only as good as you make it. 

“Bandwidth management is crucial, particularly with the growth over the last 12 months of online video, TV, file sharing and music. Things we take for granted, like uploading photos to Flickr, watching TV on iPlayer, listening to Internet Radio and storing iTunes, can all take up a huge amount of bandwidth which people tend to think is free. And of course it's not – companies are paying for that space.”

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