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Australian Organizations Acting Strictly Against Violators of E-Mail Security

Organizations are engaged in disciplinary practices and even expelling employees for violating the security policies of enterprise e-mail and sharing sensitive information, according to Proofpoint, which announced the results of its last quarterly survey.

According to the survey, 48% of the 69 Australian organizations questioned disciplined at least one employee for breaching e-mail policies while 18% terminated at least one employee during 2007 for the same reason.

According to Regional Head Gerry Tucker for Proofpoint, the Australian enterprises' concerns regarding the dangers associated with data loss and outgoing e-mail are rapidly growing at par with the US, as reported by WebProNews on June 3, 2008.

Tucker further said that around one in 5 Australian organizations fired employees for breaching e-mail security policies in 2007, closely following the US trend of sacking one in 4.

According to Proofpoint, while previous researches regularly revealed high-level concerns regarding data exposure through e-mail, the recent findings also depict the same.

Meanwhile, e-mail communication is the biggest risk currently facing most of the Australian companies. 62% of those surveyed said that e-mail messaging posed the biggest risk of data loss while loss from Web mail was at 18%, other messaging methods at 15%, and message boards and blogs at 5%.

According to Tucker, some organizations prohibit employees from using Webmail in office but the fact is that most of them do not have the ability to implement usage policies owing to the technology constraints, as reported by AUSTRALIAN IT on June 3, 2008. Tucker further said that with growing importance of blogs and Webmail as business tools, companies would want to use them in a protected setting.

The Australian survey conducted alongside Proofpoint's worldwide research of issues on data loss and e-mail prevention provides an apt opportunity to set a milestone for local and global research, according to Proofpoint.

In the global survey, 23% of the Australian organizations felt the impact of sensitive data leakage during the past 12 months just like the US.

Meanwhile, Andrew Antal, Manager for MessageLabs, Australia, says that 34% of IT managers in the country regard inappropriate Web use by employees as the greatest security threat.

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