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BizReport : Research archives : September 22, 2010

Report: At-work consumers likely to fall victim to malware

When it comes to surfing at work, consumers aren't paying much attention. Whether they believe their IT department will fix any malware downloads or simply aren't up-to-date on the issues surrounding SPAM, viruses and malware, new data from MessageLabs indicates that consumers are lax when it comes to at-work computer protection.

by Kristina Knight

The MessageLabs report found that mobile workers are 5.4 times more likely to push a policy block than workers who are at their desks. Remote workers triggered 1 in 1,807 policy blocks compared to 1 in 322 triggered by at-desk workers.

"In general, more policy blocks overall are triggered by workers when they are out of the office, indicating rather intuitively that users are more compliant with usage policies when in the office," said Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Senior Analyst. "More than one-third (33%) of workers that are both remote and desk-based trigger a greater number of policy blocs when they are out of the office perhaps taking the opportunity to visit a greater variety of websites than they would when at their desks."

What does this really mean? Primarily that businesses need to come up with a surfing policy and stick with it so that workers know what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to surfing at work.

Other highlights from the MessageLabs report:

• Spam remains over the 90% threshold in the US
• 1 in every 218 emails hold a virus
• 1 in 382 email messages was a phishing attempt
• 33% of blocked, malicious domains were new in September
• Nearly 3,000 websites harboring malware were identified each day

Tags: email, internet policy at work, malware, MessageLabs, phishing, spam

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  • Janice Taylor-Gaines

    Wow - excellent article. Google to some reinforcing content, the article "Social Networking and the Blended Environment." That author - David Scott - also has a great book that we use at work, I.T. WARS. Or, Google to his free blog, The Business-Technology Weave. Great stuff. By the way, we use parts of the book for new employee orientation. Keep your security edge razor sharp - things are only going to get more challenging.



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