BT launches online protection for SMEs

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According to research carried out by the internet service provider almost a quarter (23%) of UK SMEs are still failing to protect their websites.

This is despite 611 new viruses, worms and Trojan horses being detected during the month of May alone, BTopenworld said.

Part of the problem is many SMEs don’t have the IT staff, knowledge or budget to keep security applications up-to-date. The ISP said its Internet Security Pack can provide advanced security protection from viruses and network intruders at an affordable cost.

The service, costing £3.49 per month, includes the McAfee VirusScan ASaP and firewall technology from Internet Security Systems. The product is automatically updated to ensure round-the-clock protection and the firewall guards against hackers and destructive computer programs.

Neville Manuel, vice-president of value-added services at BTopenworld,said in a statement: ‘The majority of UK businesses know in theory that having comprehensive security software in place is critical. Yet we continuously read about companies losing millions or going bust due to a security breach.’

The Internet Security Pack is available to BTopenworld broadband anddial-up customers and can be purchased online from BTopenworld.

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