Friday, November 18, 2005

Employee email habits a risk to business

A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Fortiva, shows a substantial discrepancy between employees’ perceived and actual risks. Results of the survey show that 68% of U.S. employees who use e-mail at work have sent or received e-mail via their work e-mail account that could place their company at risk. Despite this, 92% of these employees do not believe they have ever sent a risky e-mail.

The Harris survey, which examined the e-mail habits of more than 1,000 individuals who use e-mail at work, uncovered a number of issues that should raise concerns for businesses. A majority of employees who use e-mail at work (61%) admit they have used e-mail at work for personal use. Results also show that nearly half (48%) say they have sent or received joke e-mails, funny pictures/movies, funny stories of a questionable tone. And 22% say they have sent or received a password or log-in information via e-mail.

While 73% of the respondents indicated that they are aware of corporate e-mail policies, less than half (46 percent) claimed they always adhere to the policy.

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