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 Tickbox.net
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'
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?
|I do not know - it was pre-installed when I brought it
|No I do not know||1.1%
|Research by Tickbox.net, 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.