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Spam Volume Could be Doubled in 2008

The security and data loss solutions provider, Proof-point, shows that the company spam volumes has increased by 50% in the first quarter of 2008, followed by short term spikes of 60% or more, as reported by redOrbit on June 3, 2008.

The analysis by the company measures the amount of spam attacked on organizations worldwide and displays an average increase across companies. In the first quarter of 2008, some companies have witnessed the spam volume rises to almost 200%. On the basis of these trends, spam volume can be doubled in 2008, following the trend of 2006-2007.

Proof-point claims that botnets are still attacking and are the leading source of spam. The network resources and the rampant computing power attached with these botnets permit hackers and spammers to constantly raise the integrity and massiveness of their scale.

Also, in a survey, company discovered that outbound mails remain a risky source for the US companies with almost 44% enterprises claiming that they found mail leakage of secret data in the past one year. Almost 41% of companies questioned (containing almost 20,000 or more employees) said that they used staff to read or examine the material of outbound mails and 22% of these enterprises claimed that their staffs are appointed specially for this purpose.

Further, 11% of the US companies that were questioned had disciplined employees for misappropriation of message/blogs boards in the last one year. Around 13% of surveyed enterprises disciplined employees for violations of social network and 14% for misappropriation of media sharing sites in review period. Again 14% of the publicly traded organizations (like unannounced financial results) on message or blogs board posting in the past one year.

Enterprises should safeguard themselves against two trends that will continue in the coming future, firstly-increasing volume of spam and secondly sudden short spikes in spam amount. This implies that companies not only require anti spam software but also strong methodologies to fight the sudden changes in the amount of spam.

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