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Spam Onslaughts Need New Dealing Tactics

Businesses are suffering from increasing amounts of spam that blow up their networks. This therefore requires companies to execute 'outsource managed services' so that they can better tackle the challenges such development pose, according to computer security research group Info-Tech.

The security researchers at Info-Tech referred to the recent Internet Security Threat Report of Symantec, the provider of security solutions that reported 70% of all e-mails as spam in 2008, up from 60% in earlier years Also, the report anticipated that this spam trend would continue to grow.

Senior Research Analyst James Quin with Info-Tech said that most organizations face a steady onslaught of spam messages that clog their network and bring down their bandwidth speed. Unfortunately, the conventional solution of utilizing the mail server to block and filter junk can no longer prevent such onslaughts effectively. RedOrbit published Quin's statement on May 29, 2008.

However, people who do think of techniques other than the e-mail server mostly use network-based tools at the back of the organization's firewall. Although they could work effectively, gateway devices for dealing with and managing spam consumes considerable time and energy. Based on latest research, Quin calculates that only half of the companies are presently using 'outsource managed services' to control spam, although more organizations should be thinking about going for this option.

Besides, attackers have started using treacherous tactics to strike computer users via the Web, rather than trying large volumes of broadcast assaults to get through networks. This might be because attacks on company networks now have greater chances of being discovered and closed, while such is not viable for specific malicious activity targeting individual' computers.

In order that the problem of spam may be tackled, businesses must first assess how damaging the spam is, then read the 'spam metrics' to determine the quantity of spam hitting the organization and finally, determine what proportion of the total e-mail is spam.

Researchers at Info-Tech have thus suggested IT departments to consider the merits and demerits of systems managing spam internally versus those managing from outside. Most often, the outsourced model has been found to yield the maximum benefits.

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