Outbound e-mail remains a key source of risk for U.S. enterprises with a record 44% of surveyed companies reporting that they investigated an e-mail leak of confidential information in the past 12 months. 41% of the largest companies surveyed (those with 20,000 or more employees) reported that they employ staff to read or otherwise analyze the contents of outbound e-mail. 22% of these companies said they employ staff primarily or exclusively for this purpose. Other key findings in the survey include:
- 40% of companies surveyed investigated an e-mail-based violation of privacy or data protection regulations in the past 12 months.
- 26% of companies surveyed terminated an employee for violating e-mail policies in the last 12 months.
- 23% of U.S. companies surveyed said their business was impacted by the exposure of sensitive or embarrassing information in the last 12 months.
- 34% of the largest companies (20,000 employees or more) reported that employee e-mail was subpoenaed in the last 12 months.
- 27% of companies surveyed had investigated the exposure of confidential, sensitive or private information from lost or stolen mobile devices in the past 12 months.
- 11% of U.S. companies surveyed disciplined employees for improper use of blogs/message boards in the past 12 months.
- 13% of surveyed companies disciplined employees for social network violations and 14% for improper use of media sharing sites in the past 12 months.
- 14% of publicly traded companies surveyed had investigated the exposure of material financial information (such as unannounced financial results) on blogs or message board postings in the last 12 months.