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IT Security? The Key for Employee Productivity

June 21st, 2005

In today’s fast-paced, high-tech work environment, employees rely on computers to perform most job functions. 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.

The survey reveals some surprising results despite the common knowledge that security and spam issues are the obvious cause for reduction in employee productivity.

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.

“Clearly today´s employees are heavily reliant on computers to perform their jobs. 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.

“Considering the sophistication of today´s virus attacks, small and medium businesses need to take a closer look at both their preventive and responsive IT security measures. The potential return on investment is obvious. But also, there is an absolute necessity to do so, or companies run the risk of serious threats to both performance and productivity.”

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