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Spam continues to foil many businesses

Filed under: Information Risk and Security — Stephanie on March 14, 2012

Cyber criminals are continuing to use spam as a main method for attacking information security as companies still grapple to cope with it.

GFI Software carried out a survey covering 400 businesses from the UK and US. Their findings revealed that they failed to incorporate the latest innovations on offer to help protect their businesses from this form of risk and network threat. This is despite the fact that a high percentage of businesses in both the UK and US have issues with spam.

Regarding the amounts of spam received, in excess of 80 percent of those questioned revealed that the levels had not fallen throughout 2011. This is despite research which shows that the levels of spam are falling, according to Kapersky Lab. This has been attributed to significant botnets being taken down last year. However, it did say that the volume of harmful links and attachments in emails is increasing.

In spite of these findings, the survey results show that 70 percent of respondents considered their own anti-spam processes to be at best slightly effective or completely ineffective.
Although 90 percent revealed they actively educate staff not to open spam, 40 percent of UK companies admitted that they had suffered issues with their network due to an employee opening or replying to spam.

GFI Software’s general manager at the Infrastructure Business Unit commented:

“This research shows that the spam problem is not going away and, in fact, the delivery of malicious links and files makes it more dangerous than ever before.”

For those looking for information security vacancies, a sound understanding of anti-spam solutions would be an advantage, as businesses fight harder to tackle the rising tide of spam.

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