Nine out of ten work PCs fail on basic security

Graham Cluley

Ninety percent of corporate PCs are a security risk because they are not fully patched, or do not have basic security such as anti-virus software and firewalls properly installed.

That’s the rather staggering revelation made by the results from Sophos’s free Endpoint Assessment Test*, which has scanned Windows computers on thousands of different business networks over the last year.

There are lots of interesting stats that have come from companies running the test, but here are just a couple I think are worthy of mention.

Here are the statistics which reveal that the most common missing patch on Windows computers is an operating system vulnerability fix, followed by patches for Microsoft Office:

Note that end users can be missing patches from one of more categories, and that the test was only run on Windows computers.

Companies scanning their computers with our…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.