Back in 2004, Bill Gates predicted spam would no longer be a problem by around 2006. Fast forward to the present, and malware-laden spam remains a problem for U.S. businesses. Indeed, according to a recent report by GFI Software, nearly half of U.S. businesses are still struggling with data breaches, due to employees clicking on malicious links or files within spam emails. Opinion Matters, on behalf of GFI software, conducted the independent blind survey of 202 IT decision makers in U.S. organizations with between 5 and 1,000 employees.
Within the conducted survey, respondents replied with their opinions relating to the level of spam entering their organization’s network; the types of solutions they have in place to filter out unwanted messages; the effectiveness of the solutions; their top concerns about spam; and whether or not they have been breached or infected by malware as a result of spam.
- 44% of respondents say that their organization has been breached as a result of a spam email.
- In addition to the known incidents, 6% of the respondents claim that they simply did not know if they have been breached or not.
- Around 48% rely on the anti-spam component of their antivirus solution to protect potential spam issues, while 20% use a software solution for anti-spam.
- Only 14% say that they use a cloud-based solution to filter e-mail and 11% have an anti-spam gateway appliance.
Even though employees are still opening spam messages, 90% of companies say they regularly educated their employees about spam. Interestingly enough, 70% say their anti-spam solution is either marginally effective (60%) or not effective at all (10%).
For cloud services providers and channel partners, there are dozens of cloud-based anti-spam and anti-malware solutions from which to choose. But many of those anti-spam cloud companies are now adjusting their strategies, especially as Microsoft ramps up Office 365 and Exchange Online with built-in security features.