NANOG spam survey
doug at nanog.con.com
Thu Dec 4 17:40:08 UTC 2003
I'm in the process of morphing my company into generalized corporate email
outsource agency. The sales pitch: the average (1000+ user) company is
finding it difficult-to-impossible to run their own email server. Just do
away with the problem, and give it to me.
The last couple of months in particular have been total hell.
Spam-producing worms have been enabling individual spammers to leverage
10,000 unwitting DSL/cable users to cream my servers. In coming up with
the business plan, I'm betting on this being a universal problem.
To that end, I'd like to hear about people's experiences. I'm particularly
interested in a couple of results:
1) Is my experience common? That is, do others find it excruciatingly
painful just to operate a simple corporate email server?
2) What's working for people who are trying to address spam (and other
problems, like email-borne virii, SMTP exploit scans, etc)?
As I develop the business, I'm going to have to come up with a way to
solve this problem. I'm thinking that I'll have to sign one or more
partner companies that specialize in spam protection. I'd love to find a
company that was down-to-earth and honest. And, especially, a company
that is not investor-driven. If anyone has recommendations, please let me
I've been following the spam threads over the past couple of months, but I
haven't been able to distill solid recommendations out of them. If I end
up with private responses, I'll summarize back to the list.
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