[Mimedefang] how much spam does the average large company get ?

Matthew.van.Eerde at hbinc.com Matthew.van.Eerde at hbinc.com
Wed Nov 19 16:14:42 EST 2003

I use graphdefang

to auto-generate graphs that show (in my case)
total mail coming in
total tagged as spam
total "legitimate" (not tagged as spam)

You can see every hour for the past 48 hours, or every day for the past 60
days, etc.

In the last 48 hours we've received:
11,207 total incoming mail
7,523 of this is spam
3,642 of this is legitimate

or about 67% spam.

Matthew van Eerde
Software Engineer
Hispanic Business Inc.
805.964.4554 x902
Matthew.van.Eerde at hbinc.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matt Cramer [mailto:mscramer at armstrong.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 1:04 PM
> To: mimedefang at lists.roaringpenguin.com
> Subject: [Mimedefang] how much spam does the average large 
> company get?
> 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.
> Matt
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