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Growing number of UK business PCs are vulnerable

Written by  Jul 04, 2020

A increasing number of business PCs are at risk of malware infections, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Avast.

Based on the company’s internal data, the report states that the worldwide chance of infection from any type of malware jumped four percent year-on-year, reaching 15 percent.

There is, however, a disparity between the likelihood of suffering simple versus advanced malware attacks. The chances of a business falling victim to an advanced threat - such as a nation state attack or custom packers - did not jump by quite the same margin, hovering around five percent, up from three percent a year ago.

The groups behind more advanced attack types are said to work diligently to make sure their products circumvent most security solutions available on the market today.


Organisations in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia are exposed to most risk, while those in Ireland, Sweden and Finland recorded the lowest business risk. The UK is the fourth lowest risk country, with 11 percent of business PCs at risk of exposure to malware.

Luis Corrons, Security Evangelist at Avast, provided advice for businesses hoping to reduce their exposure.

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Peter Flynn

Senior Editor and self confessed techie, bringing a variety of topical business tech news, help and advice in the UK. I have worked in various fields throughout my career such as a Systems Administrator, Security Consultant and other technical related roles, these days I concentrate on IT journalism and technical writing.

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