Corporates failing on email security

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Barely a quarter of companies have an effective system in place to stop data leaks over email, according to a new IDC survey of American businesses.

The survey found 72 per cent of companies couldn’t stop data leaving the company, despite 85 per cent of the IT managers surveyed saying that they were very concerned about the matter.

“Overall, our survey found that organizations need to increase their efforts in combating email security risks,” said Brian Burke, program director of Security Products at IDC.

“While organizations have expressed concern about inbound and outbound email security, their current solutions are not getting the job done. Such organisations need to take advantage of new solutions and delivery models.”

Accidental data leakage is increasingly the biggest threat companies face, rather than attacks by hackers or malicious employees. IDC estimates that up to 90 per cent of data loss occurs accidentally.

As well as protecting outgoing mail incoming security threats are also not being dealt with the survey found, mainly because companies were relying on outdated technology.

Nearly nine out of ten companies did not have an effective anti-spam protection system set up and only 40 per cent said they did not have systems in place that could stop 95 per cent of spam.

Minimising spam is still a serious issue, since so much of it is not in circulation and it often comes containing malware, or links to sites hosting malware.

“Organizations are not doing enough to stay safe. Unfortunately they are depending on last generation solutions from multiple vendors to fight organised cyber criminals,” said Atri Chatterjee, senior vice president of Secure Computing, which sponsored the survey.

“Even in today’s challenging economic times, the study shows that executives recognise the importance of email security and organizations are willing to invest in new solutions.”

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