Careful with that email Eugene...

Well, it's that time of year again and things are starting to wind down as move steadily towards Christmas Eve and the Great British shutdown.

Most of the companies I've dealt with so far this week have been less than busy, with many members of staff grabbing the last of their annual leave, and those that have been in the office have been busy making Christmas arrangements.

Research from Mirapoint and the Radicati Group, in fact, suggests that the lines between business and personal email usage are getting more than a little blurred, even before Christmas is taken into account.

The survey, which took in responses from 360 people during September of this year, found that 62 per cent of respondents have sent business email from a personal email account and that only 22 per cent of companies in the UK filter their outgoing email.

The most revealing statistic is that 70 per cent of respondents said they regularly receive offensive email in their corporate inboxes.

Radicati also says that six per cent of respondents admitted to sending email containing confidential company information, which they shouldn't be sending.

Sara Radicati, the firm's president, says that six per cent may not sound a lot, but this equates to 600 members of staff in a 10,000- strong organisation who are leaking intellectual information.

"Companies should take a hard look at educating their workforce on its official email policy, and put in place outbound filtering and monitoring technology that can block confidential or sensitive emails before they leave the corporate network, as well as report violations," she says.

I think she has a point. You can download a copy of the report here.