May 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2001, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p14
Trade Publication
The many security and management issues raised by electronic mail are discussed in this report. The first is one's simple reliance on it. So, the first challenge of electronic mail is to make sure that one must permanently stay online and, for that, one needs a back-up Internet Service Provider and a high availability solution. Another major area of threat is what comes into one's network through electronic mail. Simple overuse of electronic mail is one of the potential causes of performance problems. Attachments are another performance issue. Unsolicited commercial messages, known as spam, is another major issue. A number of security issues are raised in connection with outgoing electronic mail. One of these is companies laying themselves open to legal action because of something said in electronic mails by employees. Another problematic area is that of business sensitive information being mailed out to competitors. An unintentional, but potentially damaging, threat is sending electronic mail to the wrong recipient.


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