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16th November 2000 - Staffordshire, UK - ECS Ltd, telecom and e-business integration specialists, announce today the findings of a comprehensive survey of 138 IT and internet professionals covering the topics of IT budgets, web site integration, WAP connectivity and information security.

80% of respondents felt that information security is a very important consideration for their company, however only 46% have taken the steps necessary to protect their information and only 33% have a documented security policy in place. The ostrich syndrome exists - until there is a problem!

42% thought that the greatest threat to an organisation comes from outside an organisation with 11% believing that more threat comes from within. (47% have no opinion or don’t know!). A different survey carried out in 1996 highlighting actual security breaches showed that 75% of security breaches on a computer network came from inside the organisation while 25% came from outside. The same survey in 1998 suggested that 50% of security breaches on an organisation’s computer network came from inside the organisation while 50% came from outside sources. This does not imply that the threat from inside the organisation is diminishing. The reality is that the threat from outside the organisation is increasing dramatically. Information security is essential to the protection of a company.

ECS is presenting a series of three seminars in November entitled "An Effective Security Policy?"

Tuesday 21st November in Headingley, Leeds

Wednesday 22nd November in Lichfield, Staffordshire

Thursday 23rd November in Bracknell, Berkshire

For more details readers should visit ECS’ web site at

ECS also has technical briefings available for any readers on security/firewall issues and email security for anyone who requests them.

Good news for Journalists! 40% of those surveyed said they stay knowledgeable about the latest IT updates by reading magazines and other publications. 33% rely on the internet.

Survey Background:

138 internet professionals were surveyed over the Summer 2000. The survey was designed and analysed independently by MPMR.

Of the types of companies surveyed, 19% were involved with Internet consultancy, 17% with Internet design, 13% with IT/telecoms, 10% with Internet software, and 6% with Internet hardware. Only 19% focused on B2B products & services, and 7% on B2C products & services. 10% were from the Public sector, and 9% from the Retail sector.

Company size varied. 27% were from companies between 6-20 employees. 20% 1-5 employees and 20% with 500+ employees. (11% 21-50, 9% 101-250, 9% 51-100 and 6% 251-500 employees.)

Job titles of respondents ranged from ‘Director’ to ‘Applications Developer, ‘Analyst and Head of Foreign Exchange’. More unusual titles included ‘E-mail Security Administrator’, ‘Assistant Intranet Manager’ and ‘Internet Architect’.

About ECS:

ECS Ltd is the UK arm of GFI Informatique – an international group providing knowledge and expertise in information and communications technologies. Its mission is to contribute to clients’ efficiency and business success through the development and implementation of an appropriate communications strategy and subsequent solutions.

Main areas of activity are consulting and professional services, solutions supply and implementation and support services.

ECS acquired GADC Networks in September 2000, doubling company turnover. Further acquisitions are expected in the UK.

Editorial Contact:

Scott Wakefield - Business Development Manager ECS Ltd

Tel: 01543 414751

Press Contact:

Jane Harrad-Roberts

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