Viruses like Melissa and Chernobyl have cost businesses around £4.4bn
so far this year, according to software security specialist, mi2g.
The company reports that in the last six months alone, 1,700 serious incidents
were recorded in companies worldwide. The number of incidents could rise to
3,000 by the end of the year, resulting in an overall cost of £12.5bn.
According to the company, the frequency of attacks
and the high level of costs associated with them is down to lack of awareness
at board level, and an increasingly lax sense of security accompanying the
growing ease of connecting to the Internet.