Select Committee on Science and Technology Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary letter from Symantec

  May I begin by offering my appreciation for the opportunity to provide oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on 31 January. At this hearing Symantec were asked to estimate the percentage of computers worldwide, and in the UK, that currently have security software installed. While we were unable to provide figures to the Committee at that time Symantec have investigated this issue internally and can now provide the following supplementary information to the Committee.

  In January 2006 Symantec commissioned to conduct a study of 3071 UK adults on their use of Internet safety features and/or security technologies on home computers. Included in the survey were all the security software products being used from various suppliers and vendors on respondents' computers.

  As you can see from the figures, anti-virus software (90.2 percent) and firewall protection (80.7 percent) appear to be the most commonly used security technology being relied upon to protect personal computers in the UK. The low percentage (3.4 percent) of consumers that are simply relying on pre-installed, baseline security features is encouraging. As it seems to suggest that individuals are becoming more aware of the importance of having additional security features and technologies in place that are appropriate and necessary to protect their online activities.

Do you use any of the following Internet safety features and / or security technologies on your home PC?

Antivirus software
Backup Software
Parental Controls
I do not know - it was pre-installed when I brought it
No I do not know

Research by, commissioned by Symantec in January 2006

  I hope this information is helpful to the Committee's ongoing inquiry. If you would like any further information, or Symantec can be of any more assistance to the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact me.

February 2007

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