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Hi-tech ignorance exposes UK plc to e-business security breaches.

UK companies are ignorant of digital risks and consumer law - factors which could result in severe financial loss or legal action, according to new research, writes James Middleton.

In the wake of hot topics such as the Kournikova and Naked Wife viruses, and a slew of e-business security breaches, research from Mori, sponsored by risk management firm Safeonline, revealed a ‘dangerously low level of awareness of risks from technology’.

The report goes on to reveal ‘widespread uncertainty and naivety in the mindset of corporate Britain’. The survey questioned over 300 UK internet businesses at senior decision-maker level finding ‘uncertain and ill-informed’ management structures. Risk awareness was also dangerously low with only 24% of large organisations and 18% of small companies acknowledging risks.

The research found that businesses are also alarmingly complacent, with over half believing that ‘most risks’ are covered but not having sufficient measures in place.

It showed IT managers’ security advice is often not believed, with around 60% of UK businesses not trusting their own IT specialists to protect them effectively.

– James Middleton writes for vnunet.com

The full version of this story is at www.accountancyage.com/News/1119055

More information at www.safeonline.com.

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