Mobile Email Causing Security Concerns for IT: Report
The rise of mobile email is causing concerns for IT departments, though they are aware of the overall risks, a report suggests.The changing nature of employee email use has the potential to greatly impact the security of the information, while IT departments are concerned about the security implications of mobile email and remote access to emails (39 percent and 41 percent, respectively, cite it as a concern), according to a report released by Mimecast, a supplier of cloud-based email archiving, security and continuity for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Mimecasts inaugural "The Shape of Email" report, which is based on a poll of IT departments on email practices and the contents of the average employee inbox, found just 25 percent of email is considered essential for work purposes, with an additional 14 percent categorized as being of "critical importance." Nearly two out of three (61 percent) of emails are not considered essential, and an estimated 7 percent of emails inside the average inbox are considered to be spam or junk.
The Shape of Email is a starting point in helping us understand the quality of the information residing in the inboxes of organizations across the world, Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist at Mimecast, said in a press statement. What is clear is that the average employee faces a significant challenge in simply processing the information that comes into their inbox and identifying which messages are genuinely business-critical.