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Organizations Experienced 100% Growth in Spam during 2007

Ipswitch, a firm for network management, queried 460 IT managers to find out how secured their organizations were during 2007. In response, 20% reported that they witnessed cent percent increase in spam mails on the e-mail servers of their organizations.

On the whole, 76% of the IT managers said that their companies experienced some increase in the total amount of spam. A further 27% reported getting complaints from e-mailers who received spam every day and 25% responded they got complaints of spam arriving every week.

In addition, there had been around 30 infections from viruses, trojans and worms over the past year along with 22 cases of keylogger and spyware installations, IT managers said. mcsoutions.co.uk published this on December 20, 2007.

Ipswitch's President, Tripp Allen, suggested that as inflow of spam into corporate inboxes continues without any sign of decrease, it is essential that IT managers get prepared to adopt proactive measures to deal with the problem. mcsolutions.co.uk published this on December 20, 2007.

Allen further said that it has now become more essential to use an effective anti-spam filter with greater flexibility, is extensible and devised to provide updates that would automatically run 24x7, as modern infections could be expensive to tackle.

The survey participants said that the total expenditure incurred to protect organizations from these threats leveled to an average of around $13,000 a year when including costs of staff, technology, remediation, recovery and user training. In terms of the UK currency, this expenditure is averaged around £6,500 annually.

The survey respondents also reported that the total yearly cost of losses as a result of e-mail related incidents, including damaged productivity, overtime by staff, and fines on account of non-compliance of regulations, amounted to an average of £2,800.

Small and mid-sized businesses spent 40% less while incurring similar yearly losses from e-mail incidents.

According to IT managers, blacklists and whitelists are the most effective tools for controlling spam with 56% considering both to be 'very important'. 37% of the surveyed said that they regarded free RBLS, or Real-time Blackhole Lists, as 'very important' while 21% rated the same to response or challenge systems.

Related article: Organizations Integrating IT Security into Business Agenda

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