WHAT THE SUNDAY TERROR ATTACK MEANS FOR MALI—AND A... » At least two people have been killed in a tourist resort popular with westerners - Le Campement - in... Need to "Repeal the Perpetual Illegal Wars" » Charlie Savage of the New York Times reports in "Senators Wrestle With Updating Law Authorizing War ... After Terrorist Attack, Spain Rejected Its Hawks. ... » Email: sam@accuracy.org Husseini is communications director with the Institute for Public Accuracy.... Cisco includes Italtel’s enterprise SDN applicat... » Milan: Italtel has announced its Netwrapper application has been included in the official Cisco GPL ... InfinityQS upholds ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 ... » InfinityQS® International, Inc. (InfinityQS) has announced that it has successfully sustained its ce... New PT Application Firewall easier to deploy, co... » London: Cybersecurity expert Positive Technologies has announced a new version of its web applicatio... Logicalis acquires Packet Systems Indonesia to g... » London: Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, together with Metrod... Revolutionary new AI event to launch in London -... » London: With discussion around artificial intelligence (AI) at an all-time high, MACHINA Summit.AI i... Basefarm acquires The unbelievable Machine Compa... » LONDON: Basefarm has announced their acquisition of the Berlin-based The unbelievable Machine Compan... PhishMe takes home SC Europe Awards 2017 » LONDON, UK: PhishMe® Inc. has announced that PhishMe Simulator™ and PhishMe Reporter® were recognise...

CLICK HERE TO

Advertise with Vigilance

SOCIAL BOOKMARK

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.

READ MORE

Subscribe to Vigilance Weekly

Information Security Header

62% of Workers Report Email Mishaps

Email crushing workforce, leading to costly mistakes

London, UK: Research conducted by Varonis, the leading provider of comprehensive data governance software, has found that workers in the digital office place are learning to cope with increasing email traffic. While they continue to evolve and experiment with more effective email management practices, organisations will be grappling with email errors and accidents. According to the Varonis survey, 62% of respondents reported a mishap — often with serious consequences — as a result of sending an email to the wrong person or with improper or unauthorised content. The study[i], questioning employees about their digital habits and vices, also reveals that one in 20 companies faced compliance issues as a result of a wrongly sent email.

With 78% of respondents receiving up to 100 emails per day, and nearly a quarter receiving between 100 to 500 daily emails, the results underline the mounting pressure digital communication places on employees. One in ten workers now has more than 10,000 mails in their inbox. Nearly 85% of those surveyed spend 30 minutes or more every day organizing their mail — over one and one half weeks of work every year.

The study reveals three different styles of email management: 34% of those questioned are ‘filers’ (emptying their inbox on a daily basis and filing messages into folders), 17% are hoarders (who never delete but tag and keep in just a few folders), and 44% combine of both practices. However, a small but telling niche of 6% admit to completely giving up on maintaining control over their email.

As information workers try to keep pace with the daily email barrage, the danger of unintentional misuse and risk rises. A concerning 62% of respondents report their company suffered an email mishap. With incidents that include simple embarrassment (64%), compliance issues (7%), and job or promotion loss (19%), it is clear that the consequences of employees being overloaded can be severe.

David Gibson, VP of Strategy at Varonis said: “Every data disaster now seems to involve an email. We are witnessing a worrying trend of ‘email bankruptcy’ that sees increasing numbers of people struggling and in some cases even giving up on - or deleting - their entire inboxes. It’s clear that organisations shouldn’t take it for granted that employees know intuitively how to manage their massive inboxes, nor should they underestimate the consequences of email mismanagement. Organisations may want to consider better use of automation, like search, automatic rules, and auditing, as well as training for employees that need help.