Poor email security threatens IT chiefs

More than a third of IT directors think they could lose their jobs if sensitive information seeps out through email.

More than a third of IT directors think they could lose their jobs if sensitive information seeps out through email.

Despite their fears, an overwhelming 93% of businesses use email as their main communications medium, without sufficiently beefing up its security features.

“Businesses wouldn’t dream of sending confidential information on a postcard, yet that is effectively what they do whenever they use traditional email delivery systems,” says Brian Raven, chairman at Safe-Post, which commissioned the research from Vanson Bourne.

“With so many IT managers potentially in the firing line, it’s only a matter of time before an IT manager is made a scapegoat for the leaking of confidential information.”

This heavy reliance on email is not backed by sufficient security procedures, warns Raven. The lack of authentication in most email systems makes them prime targets for malicious attacks from hackers and spammers.

Almost a third of the 100 IT directors in the survey say their businesses suffers email loss or delay at least fortnightly.

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