Email Security Around Anti-spam and Anti-virus Measures are IT’s Top Concern, Finds Research

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Mimecast, a leading supplier of cloud-based email security, continuity and archiving, has released research revealing that IT teams are still struggling to protect their businesses from spam email and viruses.

Although spam and virus concerns are by no means a new phenomenon, it is very surprising that more than three quarters of IT managers still see them as their biggest email headache

Spam and virus protection are top email management priorities among businesses. Mimecast, a leading supplier of cloud-based email security, continuity and archiving, has released research revealing that IT teams are still struggling to protect their businesses from spam email and viruses. The research also finds that the majority of organisations are yet to embrace the benefits of cloud-based email, while struggling to cope with an increasingly complex email environment.

The research, which surveyed IT and security professionals on the first day of the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, found that anti-spam and anti-virus is by far the biggest email security headache for IT teams; 78 percent of respondents identified it as their top concern. With 72 percent saying that their current spam prevention system is not ‘very effective’, it is clear that there is significant room for improvement when it comes to protecting employees from malicious email.

“Although spam and virus concerns are by no means a new phenomenon, it is very surprising that more than three quarters of IT managers still see them as their biggest email headache” commented Barry Gill, Product Marketing Manager at Mimecast.

Email management problems can be solved with a cloud solution but a number of the businesses surveyed were cloud-averse. The research reveals that three quarters of organisations (75 percent) are still entirely reliant on an on-premise email architecture. A central reason for investing in a sound email management solution lies in organizations’ growing need to archive online communications. From a legal perspective, specific regulations require companies to have fast, easy access to copies of emails should they be required for investigation.

On researching mail security issues, 27 percent admitted that the use of personal email at work was a ‘huge problem’ and a ‘severe’ security threat. More concerning for email management however are the 16 percent of businesses who allow employees to use their personal Hotmail or Gmail account for work use because it ‘suits users’ needs more than our business systems’. Five percent of organisations have banned the use of personal email accounts at work altogether.

Mimecast’s Justin Pirie spoke at Infosec about the threats user behaviour and personal email poses to business.

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