[Mimedefang] how much spam does the average large company get?
mscramer at armstrong.com
Wed Nov 19 16:03:41 EST 2003
My management has asked me to make some graphs (blech) showing how good of
a job we do fighting spam. I know what we do here - basically by
eliminating spams with large SpamAss scores, and doing much of the
sophisticated smtp filtering mimedefang allows, I've gotten our delivered
but flagged spam level down to about 20%. Before I started, we were at
40%. That is a good trend that I can show, but I am trying to get an idea
of what other companies see in terms of spam. We are Fortune 500ish, with
about 7000 mail users.
I know the commercial spam fighting tools' marketing usually claims that
40-60% of a large company's mail is spam. Is that accurate in others
experience? Not that I don't trust marketing people, but they might have
a tendency to inflate that. Our CEO doesn't tolerate bullshit numbers
when you present to him, so I'd feel better at defending my claim of
40-60% for others with maybe an impartial survey or even some anecdotes
from listmembers. My research online found plenty of claims, but all of
it coming from research from anti-spam vendors.
Comments or suggestions welcome.
Matthew S. Cramer <mscramer at armstrong.com> Office: 717-396-5032
Infrastructure Security Analyst Fax: 717-396-5590
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Cell: 717-917-7099
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