Australian Email Leaks Concern For Companies

Can lead to firings

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Australian companies are frequently reprimanding and terminating employees for ignoring email security policies and sharing sensitive data, according to Proofpoint’s quarterly survey.

The survey found that 48 percent of the 69 Australian companies surveyed disciplined an employee for violating email policies and 18 percent fired an employee in the past year for violating such policies.

"Australian organizations’ concerns about the risks associated with outbound email and data loss are rapidly catching up with the US," said Gerry Tucker, regional head for Proofpoint.

Email messaging is the greatest risk for the majority of Australian companies. Sixty-two percent said email posed the greatest risk of loss, followed by Web mail at 18 percent, other messaging systems at 15 percent, and blogs and messages boards at 5 percent.

"Around one in five Australian organizations terminated employees for email violations in the past year, closely following the US, where it was around one in four," Tucker said.

Proofpoint says information leakage, can lead to regulatory compliance violations, legal problems, loss of customer confidence and loss of competitiveness.

Organizations are still not clear about what’s happening with emails," Tucker said. "Organizations are really struggling to come to terms with the potential cost of a security breach and are becoming more concerned about outbound threats via webmail and the loss of data."

Australian Email Leaks Concern For Companies
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