Almost 88% of Mail Received by Companies in July Was Spam

According to data compiled by TrustLayer Mail, the managed security service from Panda Security, 87.54 percent of email that reached companies in July was spam. This data has been taken from a study of companies who have contracted this service.

This figure confirms the trend of previous months, in which spam received also accounted for around 90 percent of all mail. For the uninitiated, spam is unsolicited email, normally containing advertising. Such high percentages of junk mail can seriously affect productivity, as staff waste time reading and deleting these annoying messages. They also consume corporate IT resources: taking up bandwidth, occupying disk space and saturating mailboxes.

"Spam has become one of the major technology-associated problems for today's companies. And it's not just wasted resources or lost productivity that's at stake, there is also the risk that these junk messages could be infected", explains Jesus Fernandez, Product Manager of TrustLayer Mail.

Worryingly, worms were the type of malicious code most often encountered inside spam messages. Netsky.P was the most frequently detected specific threat -as it has been in previous months-, at times accounting for almost half of all malicious code detected in junk mail. This family is particularly notorious as it has had up to 10 variants in the list of the top 20 malware strains detected by TrustLayer Mail.

The Panda Security service ensures that these and other malicious code will be blocked before they reach companies' mailboxes and guarantees -with an SLA- that email will be 100% virus-free.

TrustLayer Mail includes technology that combines signature-based protection with a system for consulting a global network of continuously updated security servers. Thanks to this system, it is able to detect 98.5 percent of all spam. It also returns a false positive ratio of just 1 in every 27,905 messages processed. This data has been compiled from the networks protected by TrustLayer Mail during the solution's trial phase.

The TrustLayer system architecture offers load-balancing and redundancy and is designed to offer maximum availability (99.99%) to ensure an uninterrupted message delivery service: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This high availability is supported by a team of experts, day and night, monitoring the 24x7 mail service and resolving any incidents.

The service is provided from one of the Managed Data Centers of Spain's largest Telco (Telefonica), in the heart of the Internet, guaranteeing service availability at all times.

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