A recent survey of 332 technology decision-makers at large u.s. companies reveals a growing concern over sensitive information leaving the enterprise through email.
In its 2005 study on outbound email security and content issues, email security vendor Proofpoint found that more than 63% of corporations with 1,000 or more employees either employ or plan to hire workers to read outbound email.
Why? companies are highly concerned about preventing leaks of trade secrets, enforcing corporate email policies, and complying with regulations that affect email usage.
Keith Crosley is director of market development for Proofpoint:
“Survey respondents estimated that almost 25% of outbound email contains content that poses a legal, financial or regulatory risk. We also found that 27% of companies have terminated an employee due to email misuse in the past year alone.”