- Information Security Specialist Asks Who Trusts Email? -
UK, 14th May 2002: DespatchBox, a software company that provides secure messaging solutions, today warned that sophisticated and easy to use 'freeware' is making email a soft target for individuals and organisations who want to intercept, manipulate and damage a company.
The warning comes as the BBC's Radio 5 Live demonstrated how easy it was to change director and company details through the Companies House website and subsequently exposed the security of the site as hopelessly inadequate.
DespatchBox estimates that despite the risk and potentially costly consequences more than 98 per cent of businesses do not have any way to secure their current email systems when sending confidential or sensitive data and that more than 75 per cent of business have inadequate website security.
"Radio 5's hack of Companies House just goes to show how easy it is for sensitive information to be altered and changed is this electronic age," said Jolyon Jago, DespatchBox.
"Websites are one area of exposure within an organisation, but more importantly is the amount of sensitive information routinely sent via email that is no more secure than writing the details on a sandwich board and walking around London."
DespatchBox has a number of enterprise solutions which add user security to leading email applications. Easy to deploy, these solutions ensure that an organisation can be certain of the integrity/origin of an email and that it has not been intercepted or altered in any way.
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Here follows some examples of email nightmares:
November 2001 - 30 Jaguar employees exposed for sending pornographic email.
Early last year - London solicitors settle out of court with a former employee over a 'racist and sexist' email.
This year - an email about 'burying news' threatened transport secretary Stephen Byers' job.
Last year - Norton Rose city law firm embarrassed over content of email originating from within firm.
Last year - Dell dismisses employee over content of wrongly directed email.
1995 - Chevron paid $2.2 million to settle a sexist email lawsuit.
1997 - Norwich Union was fined £450,000 for defamation on email.
1999 - British Gas had to pay out £100,000 for email libel.
This year - The full impact of the Enron scandal came to light following an email being passed to an external source.
DespatchBox is a software company that specialises in providing a secure way for companies to share, send and store information over the internet. Applications provide guarantees on delivery, user identity/authentication, legal weight, a full audit trail and proof the information is intact.
DespatchBox supplies a range of Enterprise Solutions which are designed to be 'out of the box'; easy-to-use applications that provide encrypted and secure messaging, collaboration and storage. Applications are integrated into the Microsoft and Lotus environments enabling organisations to have a secure line of communications to all employees, clients and partners worldwide.
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Tel: + 44 (0) 1753 889100
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