Symantec Corp., a leader in Internet security, announced that the negative impact of spam on productivity and resources is motivating small businesses to consider taking substantial steps if the problem worsens. According to a survey of 500 small businesses conducted for Symantec by InsightExpress, the pioneer in online market research services, spam is a costly and growing business concern that is causing some organizations to consider opting out of e-mail altogether if the problem of spam increases.

"The results from this survey demonstrate that small businesses clearly regard spam as a business problem that threatens to undermine the efficiencies of Internet communication, transaction, and commerce," said Matthew Moynahan, vice president of Product Management, Client and Host Security, at Symantec. "However, through a combination of technology, vigilance, and best practices, small businesses can significantly reduce the negative impact of spam on their operations."

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