Small businesses get 4 times more spam than large businesses, according to a report by Postini. Small companies received almost 50 spam emails per user per day in 2005.


Small businesses get 4 times more spam than large businesses, according to a report by Postini, titled “2006 Message Management & Threat Report”. Small companies received almost 50 spam emails per user per day in 2005, compared to 36 in 2004.

Large businesses received 12 spam emails per user per day in 2005, compared to 3 in 2004.

The report also revealed that the phishing industry contributed almost 70 spams per user per day in 2005. Advertising contributed almost 50 spams per user per day. Healthcare, insurance, banking and utilities also saw an increase in contribution to spam in 2005, compared to 2004.

IM attacks also increased by 1700% in 2005. MSN was the biggest network attacked, with 57%. 37% of IM attacks were on AOL and 9% on Yahoo!.

Quentin Gallivan, president and CEO of Postini, said: “We expect that the growth of more sophisticated and damaging threats, the proliferation of new communication channels, and the archiving and compliance demands of new policies and regulations will converge in 2006 to produce a “˜tidal wave’ of demands that threaten to overwhelm messaging administrators and security managers.” [Source]

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