Report on the internet economy: Security solutions Report on the internet economy: Use of IT security solutions at corporations in Hungary (Summary for the press)
2004. 11. 19.
Insurance companies are more optimistic about the impact of the internet
In association with Sun Microsystems Hungary, GKIeNET Internet Research and Consulting Ltd. and T-Mobile Hungary conduct quarterly surveys on the availability of information and communication technology tools and on internet usage in the corporate sector. The present report outlines the findings of the latest survey pertaining to IT security solutions.
Application of IT security solutions
In the category of companies with five or more employees in Hungary, the three most widely used IT security solutions are anti-virus programs, firewalls and back-up copies. 85% of companies with internet access use one or more types of anti-virus software, and almost three-fifths use a firewall.
An increasing number of companies are taking the IT security risks seriously; the use of all three types of protection in 2004 rose significantly from 2003.
Somewhat more than half of the businesses under study make back-up copies on a regular basis. One out of three companies with 5+ workers and an internet connection operate a secure server.
Other types of IT security solutions are less prevalent at Hungarian companies: 23% use identification mechanisms, 15% use encryption, and 14% subscribe to protection services. 15% of Hungarian companies that have internet access use electronic signatures.
PERCENTAGE RATE OF USERS OF VARIOUS IT SECURITY SOLUTIONS
(IN THE CATEGORY OF BUSINESSES WITH 5+ EMPLOYEES AND INTERNET ACCESS; MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
Over the twelve months prior to October 2004, one-fourth of companies with computer access had virus infections that caused loss of data or work hours, compared with 32% in the 2003 survey. A significantly smaller percent of businesses were faced with unauthorized computer system or database access (1%), and relatively few saw threats or blackmail directed at their software or databases (1%).
HAVE YOU COME ACROSS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OVER THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS?
(PERCENTAGE RATE OF ALL ‘YES’ ANSWERS IN THE CATEGORY OF COMPANIES WITH COMPUTER ACCESS)
Sources: GKIeNET – T-Mobile – SUN
About the survey
The survey was conducted in October 2004 via telephone, covering a representative sample of 2,200 companies. The target group of the survey included businesses with five or more employees. The survey covered the entire area of Hungary and all sectors of the economy.