· Two thirds of UK workforce addicted to email cyber-snooping
· Employees happy to read and reveal details of their boss’s personal life, but feel threatened if they read derogatory emails about themselves
· 18% of employees would attempt to break email security protection in order to access private information
London, 21 March 2002: Indicii Salus, the London-based Internet security company, today revealed that 87% of UK employees have surreptitiously read a boss’s private email on at least one occasion. Of these, 66% claim to have become an addicted cyber-snooper after just one hit – fuelled by easy access to confidential information.
Of the 200 professionals interviewed, only 18% “intended” to access their boss’s email for professional or personal gain. The remainder “came across an unprotected inbox” and were tempted by the email subject or the irregularity of the sender. Of most interest to employees are details of their boss’s private life, in particular inter-office relationships. Of all those coming across this information, not one person respected the privacy of the sender or recipient and passed the information on to other members of staff.
However, detail discovered by cyber-snoopers about themselves caused the greatest upset, but due to how they came across the information, only 6% felt able to confront their boss about the content of the message. Of those that did, 10 people claimed they faced disciplinary action as a result of accessing company confidential information. The remainder felt the discovery had inadvertently destroyed their relationship with colleagues and five of those interviewed had left a company within three months as a result.
“Email has made people much freer communicators, but it has also made us very careless about how we protect confidential information. Traditionally, businesses have used locked filing systems in which to store financial and personnel records. With email, many businesses are leaving this same information to be read freely by anyone accessing the recipient and sender’s PC or intercepting the email in transit,” explained Paran Chandrasekaran, CEO, Indicii Salus.
“Of those people interviewed, only 7% said they had used encryption technology to protect their emails. People are inherently nosey and it is a strong willed person that adverts their eyes from something potentially exciting on a corporate system. This research proves that you are only moments away from a professional or personal time bomb each time you leave your PC unattended.”
Indicii Salus has developed XenoMail, a secure e-mail management service, to protect sensitive or confidential e-mail messages.
XenoMail, part of the Xenophon suite of services, is used by businesses to secure documents and emails sent and received by the company, its clients or third party suppliers. To ensure ease of use, XenoMail is integrated with Microsoft Outlook to provide enhanced e-mail security as part of its familiar Windows environment.
About Indicii Salus
Indicii Salus is a London-based leading software security house. Founded in 1994, its flagship solution, Xenophon™ - a server-centric, PKI-based software suite - enables fast and secure Internet transactions. The solution uses the fastest, portable cryptographic engine on the market, ensuring no loss of speed during transaction processing. The company is backed by heavyweight investors, 3i.
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