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Computer Security Fact Sheet

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In a sample of large US companies and organizations, 90% detected security breaches in the last 12 months. This is up from just 48% in 1997. Computer Security Institute
About 80% of respondents acknowledged financial losses due to security breaches. Computer Security Institute
Three quarters of respondents reported their Internet connection as a frequent point of attack. Computer Security Institute
The virus infection rate for a random sample of US companies and organizations with over 500 PCs was 10 percent per month in the year 2001. This is ten times the rate five years ago.

ICSA Labs 7th Annual Computer Virus Prevalence Survey, 2001

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The virus infection rate has been increasing every year since 1996.


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Of the companies surveyed, 28% had experienced a virus disaster during 2001.


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Almost 100% of all virus infections last year were a result of e-mail, web browsing or Internet downloads.


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The direct cost of a virus disaster was estimated to between USD5500 and USD69000.


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Each month, 500 new viruses and virus variants are discovered.

McAfee Security