Computer viruses damage 50pc of Dutch firms

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20 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almost 50 percent of companies in the Netherlands that use the internet suffered due to computer viruses in 2003, Statistics Netherlands said on Monday.

20 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Almost 50 percent of companies in the Netherlands that use the internet suffered due to computer viruses in 2003, Statistics Netherlands said on Monday.

The statistics agency — better known as the CBS — said that 32 percent of firms were affected by computer viruses the year before.

Most Dutch companies are conscious of the dangers and 91 percent that offer online services or operate a website have anti-virus installed on their systems.

About 75 percent of the firms who do not have an active presence on the internet but use email have also use anti-virus protection.

The CBS found three in every four companies with employees using the internet in 2003 had a firewall to block outside access to their IT networks. One third regularly updated and stored copies of important computer files and data in off-site locations.

About a quarter of firms used data encryption or authentication protocols that require special digital signatures or PIN codes to grant access to important data files, the CBS said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, Dutch business, IT security in the Netherlands

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