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Survey: IT Admins Not Confident All Their Computers Are Free of Malware [INFOGRAPHIC]

on July 12, 2012

More than half of IT admins in small businesses would refuse to bet their money that there is no malware in any of the computers they manage, according to a new survey commissioned by GFI®. They also lack confidence that the PCs on their network are running at optimum efficiency.

The independent blind survey involved organizations that have between five and 50 employees, and was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI. It coincides with the launch of GFI Cloud, a ground-breaking new platform for the delivery of cloud-based services via a single, consistent delivery mechanism and user interface, accessible anytime, from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The survey results also reveal that 51% of IT professionals spend at least 10 hours per month manually updating antivirus software on, or removing malware from, users’ PCs.

Have a look at our infographic (click on image to enlarge) to see other highlights from the survey:


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About the Author:

David Kelleher is Director of Public Relations at GFI Software. With over 20 years’ experience in media and communications, he has written extensively for business and tech publications and is an editor and regular contributor to Talk Tech to Me.

Andrew Stringer July 26, 201211:27 am

> 51% of IT professionals spend at least 10 hours per month manually updating antivirus software

The curse of windows again, it is really time we looked a bit wider and realised that better solutions exist.
Desktop Linux has matured to the point it is far more usable than windows.
Let’s have a change.

Dave Lum August 16, 20126:47 pm

Sure, until Desktop Linux gets more than 10% market share. Malware will follow market share, MacOS is a perfect example as it’s getting targeted now as well. Also, those > 51% aren’t being efficient. I manage 600+ machines and spend 0 time manually updating AV software.

Michael Mills August 16, 20129:00 pm

The platform is irrelevant. Penetration and coverage is. When a platform gets popular and has greater coverage, they are a more tempting target to developers whether those developers are making Business Suite software or trojans.
By switching platforms, you merely put off the inevitable. It is best to have an answer that doesn’t rely on definitions (which is a losing game). What is needed is Anti-malware software based on what is GOOD. Allow only that which is defined as good to run. This will take more effort initially to define what is good, but ultimately, you have fewer people writing variations of legitimate software than you do variations of viruses.