Britain’s adoption of an online economy is being threatened by poor security procedures, failure to keep up with new technology and under-trained staff, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by Network Associates, interviewed 120 companies which use internal networks to store information for employees, create trading networks or sell to customers. Of these, 70% said their networks were not fast or secure enough to handle further moves onto the web, while only a third said they were happy with their protection against hackers and viruses.

Network Associates’ managing director Philip Harragan warned that changes in technology were catching many companies unawares. However, he added that the solution lay in better-trained staff as well as new hardware, commenting: “It is understanding that fixes the problem, not the technology”.

News source: BBC Online Business News (UK)