Report: Spam accounts for 90% of corporate email

With spam growing 300% year on year, regional companies are at risk of dangerous cyber attacks

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 9, 2008

Companies in the Middle East receive close to 1.5 million emails everyday, with as much as 90% being identified as spam.

The findings released by Trend Micro highlight risks corporations in the region face. Email attacks that pass through the corporate network could result in data leaks and confidentiality compromises.

“E-commerce is the UAE’s largest current cyber threat, and with internet usage in the Middle East increasing a dramatic rate, the time for complacency has passed,” said Ian Cochrane, marketing manager at Trend Micro Middle East and Africa.

“Spam, spyware, phishing, botnets, targeted email attacks, and blended-threat attacks are endangering company networks daily,” said Samir Kirouani, senior technical engineer, Trend Micro Middle East and Africa.

It’s been reported that spam has a year-on-year growth of 300% and is on the increase. While there is little that can be done to stop unwanted emails, companies are advised to take appropriate steps to reduce the impact of any attack.

“Hosting a messaging infrastructure outside the internal network can offer the customer powerful protection against common e-commerce threats such as spam and phishing, provide flexible content filtering, and reduce infrastructure, costs and administration,” Kirouani added.

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