A survey has revealed that 60 per cent of companies allow more than five per cent of email spam into the network.
The survey, conducted by Secure Computing, revealed that a small proportion of companies are well protected but 60 per cent performed dismally. Also, nearly half of organisations suffered email data leaks, while most organisations were very concerned about this, only 28 per cent have taken steps to alleviate risk.
Finally, the survey discovered that organisations are looking for better ways of delivering email security, and over half of the respondents believed that a hybrid solution approach would deliver the best email security for both inbound and outbound threats.
Secure Computing has used this research to launch a new initiative named ‘STAMP' to develop its new email solution. Standing for ‘Seven Technologies for Advanced Mail Protection', STAMP is designed to improve email security by bringing market research, industry architecture requirements and solutions to the forefront.
The company has identified seven key requirements for addressing today's evolving messaging threats effectively and as cost-effectively as possible:
1. Real-time, multi-protocol reputation-based messaging security, providing zero hour protection, reduced bandwidth and archiving costs
2. Multi-tiered inbound defenses, including global and local intelligence to deliver 99.5 percent effectiveness
3. Complete content detection - both structured and unstructured - resulting in privacy and intellectual property protection
4. Robust encryption and other compliance actions based upon policy, ensuring compliance and lowering risk of theft
5. Integrated inbound and outbound protection solution, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency
6. A hybrid security application delivery architecture, enabling choice or mix of on-premise, hosted and virtualised solutions for greater business agility and flexibility
7. Enterprise-ready, best-of-breed solution approach, combining scalability with stability, ease of administration and robust reporting capabilities to maximise and prove ROI to management.
The company is utilizing STAMP to announce the new version of Secure Mail. Version 6.7.1 delivers guaranteed inbound mail protection and 99 per cent spam detection accuracy as well delivering protection for both privacy and intellectual property.
The basic email protection boasts five content detection techniques, seven extensible policy actions, and multiple encryption options. It is also to empower mail administrators to deliver rapid ROI and investment protection without compromising security or compliance requirements.
Mike Smart, senior product manager at Secure Computing, said: “Our recent survey confirms that organisations are not doing enough to stay safe. Unfortunately they are depending on last generation solutions from multiple vendors to fight organised cyber criminals. Even in today's challenging economic times, the study shows that executives recognise the importance of email security and organisations are willing to invest in new solutions.”