IT Managers Lack Confidence in Microsofts Ability to Stop Spam

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83 per cent of IT Managers / Directors dont believe that Bill Gates and Microsoft will be able to stop spam in two years, according to a survey by e-mail security company, BlackSpider Technologies, who interviewed 200 attendees at Infosec 2004 (27-29 April).

The findings also reveal that only 38 per cent believe that legislation such as the EU directive will reduce spam for businesses.

68 per cent of respondents consider e-mail borne viruses to still be a significant threat to their corporate networks, while 54 per cent also see spam as a major threat to their business. However, only 46 per cent of those surveyed believe that their in-house filters tackle the problem effectively.

Commenting on the findings, John Cheney, CEO, BlackSpider Technologies said: The results reflect that the industry doesn't perceive Microsoft to be a significant security authority. It is going to take more than a single vendor to stop spam. A combination of technology, legislation and a change in working practices is what is needed.

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