IT Execs Resist Email Archiving

Proofpoint survey shows IT executives remain resistant to email archiving demands

November 11, 2008

1 Min Read
Network Computing logo

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Despite regulations and high profile court cases, some IT professionals are still not taking email archiving needs seriously, according to a recent survey from Proofpoint, Inc., the leading provider of unified email security, archiving and data loss prevention solutions.

The September 2008 survey (conducted by Osterman Research on behalf of Proofpoint) of 130 IT managers and executives who manage an average of 17,000 email users, found that:

  • Nearly 60% of respondents do not have an email archiving solution in place and 15% do not have plans to deploy one.

  • More than one in three (39%) companies surveyed had been ordered by a court or regulatory body to produce employee email in the past 12 months alone.

  • Previous Osterman research (April 2008) has found that nearly two-thirds of organizations have been ordered to produce employee email or instant messages at some point, while a slightly higher percentage have referred back to email archives or backups to support their innocence in a legal case.

"It is shocking to see such a high percentage of enterprises that have not yet deployed an archiving solution and even more troubling to see that some have no plans for deployment. Recent legal cases, including the one involving Larry Ellison and Oracle, should be reason enough to make sure a solution is in place to meet e-discovery demands," said Sandra Vaughan, senior vice president of marketing and products for Proofpoint. "Unfortunately, it will take more cases and lost time and money before some organizations realize that they are putting themselves at serious risk by not adopting a technology solution to help preserve email records and produce email in a timely manner."

Proofpoint Inc.

Stay informed! Sign up to get expert advice and insight delivered direct to your inbox

You May Also Like

More Insights