Third of Small Businesses Have no Antivirus Protection

Panda Software has launched a special offer on Platinum 7.0 5 license packs to help SME’s keep all IT threats at bay

MADRID, September 10 2003

Epidemics like those caused by Blaster and Sobig.F in August can be largely attributed to a lack of user awareness regarding the need for effective protection. In a recent survey by Panda Software*, 38 percent of respondants believed that they didn’t need protection as they didn’t use the Internet much, they only visited trusted sites and only exchanged e-mail with family or friends. Similar trends were revealed by a recent BT Openworld survey, which found that 28 percent of British small and medium enterprises felt that antiviruses and firewalls weren’t important.

This lack of awareness is one of the primary direct causes of inadequate IT security. The international study carried out by Panda Software found that results varied across Europe. While in Spain only just over 30 percent of companies had antivirus software correctly installed and updated, figures in Italy and France were as low as 23 and 20 percent respectively.

The consecuenses of so many computers being defenseless in the face of the threat posed by today’s computer viruses could be hard felt by many SME’s. A widespread epidemic of destructive malicious code would destroy data, hit productivity and cause severe damage to corporate image in the event that companies unwittingly spread the virus to clients and others.

With these problems in mind, Panda Software is offering businesses and independant professionals 5-license packs of Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0 at the unbeatable price of 199.95 € (VAT not included), a 33% discount from the normal price.

Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0 includes a latest generation firewall and uses the most advanced antivirus technology, turning PCs into a fortress against viruses and hackers. Since its launch in November 2002, the quality of Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0 has been widely acclaimed by the specialized press worldwide. Recent awards include Secure Computing’s “Reader Trust Award” for the “Best Antivirus Pproduct”, and the “Seal of Guarantee” from the Spanish edition of Dealer World.

More information on Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0 from: http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/platinum/

* The survey was carried out -among 4,000 home users and 1,500 companies with 25 PC’s or less- in Spain, the UK, Germany, the United States, Sweden, Italy and France.

About Panda Software
Panda Software (http://www.pandasoftware.com/) is a leading international developer of antivirus software for all types of customers: corporate clients, small and medium sized companies, and home users. Its 100% in-house, cutting-edge antivirus technology has received awards and quality certifications from the most widely-respected IT security institutions. A commitment to customer service and the concept of the protection of computer systems as a 24h-365d Insurance Policy rather than merely a software product have revolutionized the computer security industry. The quality of Panda Software’s products has been endorsed by major industry watchdogs including ICSA Labs and Checkmark..




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