Retail Security is Sick

Sep 09, 2002

One in every 24 emails received by retailers in the UK contains a virus, according to research from MessageLabs, an email security firm.

Retail has been the industry hardest hit by incoming email viruses according to the report. The second most victimized business sector has been the leisure industry where one in every 58 emails contains a virus. Banks and finance institutions have had the best success in warding off email viruses. Only one in every 5,208 emails downloaded has been infected with a virus. reports that viruses are more prevalent today than at any other time. Mark Sunner, chief technology officer, MessageLabs, says, “The different attitudes toward anti-virus protection amongst industry sectors is quite amazing. The retail sector really needs to take a look at its priorities. One virus in every 24 emails indicates a huge virus problem which it needs to resolve.”

Moderator’s Comment: What is the state of security
in the U.S. retail industry?

With so much to protect, security can get spread a little
thin. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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