Instant messaging security threats doubling every 6 months

Gartner predicted that by the end of 2005, instant messaging will surpass e-mail as the primary way people interact electronically. The Radicati Group says that “more than 85% of all enterprises report using instant messaging for business”. Symantec claims that instant messengers and peer-to-peer applications were used in 7 of the top 10 Internet threats in 2004, with IM security threats growing at 100% every six months.