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Salvation Army Turns to SaaS Model to Tackle Spam

The Salvation Army, belonging to the London-situated Christian Church (UK), has taken the help of cloud-based software for its online security in order to keep at bay the problems from its incoming junk e-mails, popularly called "spam".

States Martyn Croft UK, UK's CIO (Chief Information Officer), the IT resources of the Salvation Army has been undergoing severe pressure in attempting to cleanse huge amounts of spam that emanated from 3,000 e-mail accounts of various users. Computing.co.uk published this news on September 15, 2009.

Croft adds that a year or two ago the country was having as high as 90% of spam volumes; and just as everyone else belonging to any part of the world, they too had to tackle the menace.

However, since the Charity had to make reasonably high volumes of investment in information technology, human resource, payroll, finance, fundraising and property management, supporters and donors to take care of, the organization was compelled towards doing something vital.

However, according to Croft, if it were possible to maintain the spam-filtering system within the cloud, together with an even better and cleaner feed, then there could be a far more effective use of the Charity's network bandwidth. Consequently, the organization did as per Croft's suggestion that he thought was fairly logical for controlling spam.

The advantages resulting from the service of filtering the spam became apparent instantly and even its enforcement appeared seamless, while owing to the new scheme's success, the Salvation Army currently was aiming to gain benefit from certain extra services like e-mail continuity and archiving that could restore e-mails of more than ten years in merely a few seconds.

Commenting on the new scheme, some security specialists said that it demonstrated how a successful SaaS (Security-as-a-Service) model could assist associations like 'The Salvation Army' to avert the spam attacks, while the organizations could attend to their central activities of helping the general public.

Meanwhile, other specialists added that in addition to companies and large businesses, charitable organizations too needed robust and progressive IT systems for managing their e-mail and overall online security, particularly to avoid spam purveying malware that are continuously increasing.

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