SARS isn't the only virus we need to worry about

Nick Hawkins, director and general manager of MessageLabs, speaks to FinanceAsia about computer virus trends in the banking and finance industry.

Is the number of viruses you intercept increasing any more than email traffic itself

Hawkins We're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of viruses and their proportion to emails sent. In the year 2000, the virus to email ratio in the global finance and banking industry was one virus in 1070 emails. As of March 2003, this ratio has increased over five-fold to one in 186 emails. Interestingly, in Asia Pacific the financial industry has a slightly better virus to email ratio of one in 282. Although we did not see many new viruses in 2002, twice as many viruses and its variants in 2002 were detected than in all of 2001....

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