The consequences of cybercrime have had a billion dollar impact on businesses worldwide, reports McAfee’s «Unsecured Economies: Protecting Vital Information» study for last year.
The figure represents the losses caused by information theft, losses in intellectual property and recovery expenses and reflects the opinion gathered by the computer security company with more than eight hundred CIOs from the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Japan, China and Dubai.
In proportion, those responsible estimate that the loss or theft of information has caused losses in the order of 4.6 billion dollars, while the repair of the damages cost about 600 million dollars.
According to McAfee, comparing the different countries involved in the analysis, it is the least developed regions that invest the most in protecting intellectual property.
Among the final conclusions, the fact that more than a quarter of respondents state that they avoid storing information in China stands out. The reverse of the medal happens with the response of the Chinese: 47 percent believe that the USA is the main threat to their data, so they prefer to host information on servers located in other parts of the globe.
Finally, when asked about the crisis, respondents say that the recession is yet another risk factor for corporate security. For 42 percent, dismissed employees become the main threat to the security of internal affairs and company data.