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Anti-Spam Topical White Paper from Finjan

  1. 1. Spam Is More Than Just Annoying Topical White Paper
  2. 2. Topical White Paper Spam is More Than Just Annoying A Growing Problem in Corporate E-Mail Boxes Spam has become an increasingly common problem in our everyday lives. It is a problem that affects not only home users but also corporate computer users as well. Enterprises, governments and ISPs are trying to address this epidemic but have not been able to find the solution. More than simply a nuisance, spam significantly impacts worker productivity, creates legal liabilities, introduces malicious code and constrains network bandwidth. Reduces Worker Productivity Unsolicited e-mail messages are often compared to the traditional "Spam fighting is a difficult and paper junk mail many people receive in their mailboxes at home ever-evolving game. Gartner clients or at work. They are similar in the sense that they are unwanted, with tools to measure spam report they are not requested and they are often times unneeded. that as much as 30 percent to 50 Another similarity they share is that it takes time to separate and percent of the messages they receive throw away the unwanted items versus the ones that are are identified as spam. The legitimate. Unfortunately with e-mail, the cost to produce and content is becoming increasingly send Spam is minimal compared to traditional post office mail objectionable, coloring the working and as a result, the volume is dramatically larger. For an environment of unprotected individual, sorting out spam can take minutes out of your day. companies and creating human On a larger enterprise scale, it can mean hundreds of lost hours resources issues." of productivity every day. Joyce W.Graff Research Analyst Increases Legal Liabilities Gartner, Inc. Spam can come in many forms: chain mail, jokes, advertisements, newsletters or images. Since a user has no control over the content received, this exposes the individual and the company to potential legal liabilities. Harassment complaints can be filed by employees who receive lewd and obscene Spam in their corporate e-mail boxes from external sources and co-workers. Some e-mail applications and Web- enabled e-mail clients automatically display the HTML and JPEG images embedded within a message. As a result, child pornography, hate-related messages targeting race, religion or creed and other inappropriate content could be found in corporate e-mail boxes without ever being requested. A human resource and legal nightmare. Constrains Network Bandwidth Static HTML graphics, JPEG or GIF pictures, interactive flash demonstrations and video files are bandwidth intensive by themselves. Now imagine an organization receiving multiple e-mail messages containing these items and these being sent to all the employees of an organization. This would not only bottleneck all traffic coming into the organization but would also constrain the ability for e-mails to be sent out from the organization as well. The deluge of Spam can significantly impact network bandwidth and cripple the ability to perform simple everyday functions. This could lead to the need for additional bandwidth that would increase costs and would not be necessary under controlled circumstances.
  3. 3. Topical White Paper Spam is More Than Just Annoying Introduces Malicious Code, Viruses, Etc. There are many threats that Spam can pose to an organization and introducing mobile malicious code into a corporate network is among the most dangerous of them. Malicious code, viruses, worms and Trojans can be carried into an organization through innocent looking e- mail messages without the computer user ever knowing. Spam on the Rise This can lead to the infection of computers, SMTP servers, file servers, Web servers and database servers. With federal regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for healthcare, GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) for finance and the EU Directive on Data Protection, organizations can be held liable for the inappropriate maintenance, Quarterly, from March 2002 to June 2003, the peak number of daily spam inadequate protection and data integrity of the information they store e-mails detected and blocked by in their networks. America Online. ROI Factors There are many Spam control solutions available in the marketplace today however, it is important for organizations to accurately evaluate the Spam Statistics 2003 ROI they receive by purchasing these point Percent of E-Mails Considered to be Spam 40% of all e-mails products. Although the initial purchase Daily Spam E-mails sent 12.4 billion price of a point product may be less Daily Spam received per person 6 expensive, the total cost of ownership must Annual Spam received per person 2200 be considered. Implementation time, staff Spam costs for US corporations in 2002 $8.9 billion training and ease of management in day-to- Estimated Spam increase by 2007 63% day activities can drive up the total cost of Annual Spam in 1000 employee company 2.1 million Corporate E-Mail that is consider to be Spam 15-20% ownership significantly. Gartner Wasted corporate time per Spam E-Mail 4.5 seconds recommends organizations implement Source: Spam Filter Review ( content security solutions that integrate best-of-breed technology into one platform allowing network administrators and staff to manage multiple applications from various vendors from one management console. About Finjan Finjan Software’s Vital Security™ is the only complete and integrated Secure Content Management solution in which individual best-of-breed security applications work together in concert to proactively respond to changing security threats today and tomorrow. Supplementing traditional security methods, Vital Security defends enterprises against Malicious Mobile Code using intelligent behavior analysis and comprehensive policy management. Vital Security is designed with high availability and scalability, for enterprises of all sizes, including those with over 100,000 users. Finjan is recognized by analyst firm IDC as the leader in the worldwide Malicious Mobile Code security market. For more information, visit Printed in the U.S.A. USA SPAMWP2.0 02.04EN © 2004 by Finjan Software, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries. WWW.FINJAN.COM Finjan, Finjan logo, and Vital Security are trademarks or registered trademarks of Finjan Software, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners. The Finjan Software products described in this document are protected by one or more of the following U.S. Patents: 6092194, 6167520, 6480962, 6209103, 6298446, and 6353892 and may be protected by other U.S. Patents, foreign patents, or pending applications.