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Spam now accounts for up to 55% of all email

Spam now accounts for up to 55% of all email

·Figures show a massive problem for UK firms.

·MessageLabs to give evidence to the APIG Enquiry.

·ROI research shows cost of spam to a 1,000 employee firm is £80,000 per year.

Spam now accounts for up to 55% of all email, according to MessageLabs, the email security company. This demonstrates the massive impact that unwanted email is having on the inboxes of UK business.

The figures, which are published the day before Parliament’s All Party Internet Group holds the UK’s first ever Spam Summit to discuss the growing problem, show that over the past year, the percentage of spam to email has grown at an astonishing rate – from 2.3% in June 2002 to 55% today, an increase of 2,396%. In June 2003, MessageLabs scanned a total of 137.7 million emails on behalf of its customers.

MessageLabs will be attending the Summit and is submitting evidence to the formal APIG enquiry which follows. The APIG work is designed to address the legislative and technical methods that may prevent spam reaching users, future trends in spam and spam’s effect on other technologies like mobile phones.

In order to try and quantify the impact that spam is having, MessageLabs has developed a Return on Investment model, based on the time wasted dealing with the problem. The figures show that a company employing 500 people could be losing around £3,300 a month in lost productivity, rising to £6,500 for a firm with 1,000 staff and £32,771 a month for a firm with 5,000 employees. Taken over a year, the figures for the 1,000 employee firm is therefore around £80,000.

The figures, which are published the day before Parliament’s All Party Internet Group holds the UK’s first ever Spam Summit to discuss the growing problem, show that over the past year, the percentage of spam to email has grown at an astonishing rate – from 2.3% in June 2002 to 55% today, an increase of 2,396%. In June 2003, MessageLabs scanned a total of 137.7 million emails on behalf of its customers.

MessageLabs will be attending the Summit and is submitting evidence to the formal APIG enquiry which follows. The APIG work is designed to address the legislative and technical methods that may prevent spam reaching users, future trends in spam and spam’s effect on other technologies like mobile phones.

In order to try and quantify the impact that spam is having, MessageLabs has developed a Return on Investment model, based on the time wasted dealing with the problem. The figures show that a company employing 500 people could be losing around £3,300 a month in lost productivity, rising to £6,500 for a firm with 1,000 staff and £32,771 a month for a firm with 5,000 employees. Taken over a year, the figures for the 1,000 employee firm is therefore around £80,000.

Source: MessageLabs


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