Network Defenses Cant Foil Viruses
Virus outbreaks are continuing to get worse even as network defenses continue to advance, according to a new survey.Virus outbreaks are continuing to get worse even as network defenses continue to advance, according to a new survey released Monday. About 1.2 million virus incidents occurred during the 20-month survey period, and about 28 percent of all of the respondents had 25 or more servers or PCs infected at once, an event termed a virus disaster in the report. That number represents a decline from 51 percent in the 2000 survey. The survey, conducted by ICSA Labs, a division of TruSecure Corp., of Herndon, Va., polled 200 organizations as part of a research effort sponsored by anti-virus vendors Network Associates Inc., Panda Software and Symantec Corp., and Gantz-Wiley Research.
Viruses were not only more prevalent during the last year and a half, theyve also become more costly. The average U.S. corporation now pays somewhere between $100,000 and $1 million on virus cleanup and removal, according to the Virus Prevalence Survey.