False positives cause 42% of workers to miss deadlines

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A survey from messaging company Mirapoint, Sunnyvale, Calif.,  in conjunction with Infosecurity Europe 2005, a Reed Exhibitions' information security conference in London, released this week indicates 42% of respondents have missed deadlines due to the time lost tracking down false positives, or legitimate e-mails that are blocked by a spam filter. In addition, two-thirds (66%) of respondents said e-mails they should have received are regularly blocked by a spam filter, also know as a false positive. "The spam hysteria of the last few years has created the impression that blocking unwanted e-mail is the primary concern for businesses, with the result that some service providers and companies appear to have lost sight of their users' real needs and requirements," said Nigel Brooke, VP-EMEA, Mirapoint, in a statement.
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