The rate of growth of Internet use in
the United States is currently two million new Internet
users per month.
More than half of the nation is now
online. In September 2001, 143 million Americans
(about 54 percent of the population) were using the
Internet — an increase of 26 million in 13 months.
In September 2001, 174 million people (or 66
percent of the population) in the United States used
reveal that among Fortune 500 companies, most data thefts in
1998 were by internal users. Again, research results carried
in PC Week in March 1999 report that, out of 800 workers
surveyed, 21-31% admitted to sending confidential
information - like financial or product data - to recipients
outside the company by email. Ten per cent of those surveyed
disclosed that they had received email containing
While maybe not as sever as the security
issues with large organizations, small businesses are not
immune to all security risks. And without
professional IT Security professionals on staff, the
risks they do face often go unnoticed, unprotected with the
overall effects actually being fairly significant.