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91% of companies have experienced at least one IT security event from an external source in the last 12 months according to Kaspersky Lab

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This is just one of the results of the 'Global IT Security Risks' survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in partnership with B2B International, a global research agency, specialising in business research. More than 1,300 IT professionals in 11 countries participated in the survey.

The most common security threat comes in the form of viruses, spyware and other malicious programs. 31% of malware attacks resulted in some form of data loss, with 10% of companies reporting the loss of sensitive business data.

Only 70% of companies have implemented anti-malware protection solutions fully across their businesses whereby 3% have no protection at all. The level of anti-malware implementation varies from country to country - in emerging markets 65% of companies have adopted it, while in the UK and US levels of implementation stood at 92% and 82% respectively. Despite this, the vast majority of companies still experienced an IT security breach in the last 12 months, and almost a third lost business information.

“Such an attitude is surprising when you know that almost half of all organisations see cyber-threats as one of the top-three emerging risks - IT strategy is ranked even higher than financial, marketing and human resources strategy,” said Alexander Erofeev, Director of Market Intelligence & Insight at Kaspersky Lab. “The most likely explanation is underinvestment in IT security.” Indeed, the study shows that every second company evaluates its IT security budget as insufficient, and estimates that an increase of 25% or more is required. Currently, the average investment in IT security is reported to be $8,055 for small businesses, $83,200 for medium-sized companies and $3,263,476 for large corporations.

More detailed information about Kaspersky Lab's research and recommendations, please visit: http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/pdf/kaspersky_global_it_security_risks_survey.pdf

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry's fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solutions providers. Learn more at: www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit: www.securelist.com.