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October 14, 2005

Anti Spam Software Provider Targets the Spam Bull’s-Eye

Securence, a leading internet and email filtering service provider helps control the onslaught of spam and viruses.

Minnetonka, MN,  October 14, 2005 -- http://www.securence.com - Securence, Inc., a leading provider of anti spam, anti virus software and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small businesses, enterprises, and educational and government institutions worldwide, targets the spam bull’s-eye and aims to bring it under control.

Findings from a report produced by Nucleus Research, a global research firm that recently conducted in-depth interviews with employees at 82 Fortune 500 companies, identified two startling results:
1. Spam is definitely on the rise. The average employee received nearly 7,500 spam messages in 2004, up from 3,500 in 2003.
2. Employee productivity continues to be hurt. Average lost productivity per employee was 3.1% in 2004, up from 1.4% in 2003.

It's not surprising that spam continues to present serious security and resource risks to an organization's infrastructure: overloading systems, clogging mailboxes, defrauding recipients, reducing employee productivity and draining morale. It also increases the frequency, severity and cost of virus attacks and related threats, such as the damage to an employer's reputation from inadvertently sending spam or viruses. As a result, companies are faced with the ever-increasing challenge of not only reconciling inherent problems caused by spam, but also protecting themselves from on-going attacks. With such a foreboding technological landscape, at times even the most tech savvy IT administrators are hard-pressed for what to do.

The question arises, how do companies keep spammers in their sights? Enter Securence, a company with a unique Internet filtering and anti spam solution that helps protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user.

In today's email world, all mail is born either legitimate or illicit. From here, the delivery process is rather straightforward. The originating mail server delivers email to the destination mail server via SMTP, with both servers having an IP address. Simply put, think of two phone numbers trying to connect.

In the case of a company using Securence's solution, SecurenceMail, when an email is sent to its mail server, the email is initially redirected to Securence through its MX record, which is short for mail exchange record, an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server responsible for handling emails for that domain name. (The MX record points to an array of servers that run in Securence's data centers in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.) Before an email can be accepted by Securence's system and delivered to the recipient, a series of steps must occur to ensure "clean" delivery. This cleansing process is also known as "filtering."

"What we're basically doing," says Travis Carter, VP of Technology at Securence, "is looking for Internet rodents."

SecurenceMail provides total protection against spam and viruses at the gateway. It typically blocks over 98% of spam and allows businesses to create and enforce custom email policies to further reduce the threat of unwanted email entering or leaving an organization. SecurenceMail is complemented by round-the-clock virus protection through Norman AntiVirus and Clam AntiVirus. This integrated multi-layer technology is fully scalable with flexible administrative management tools. By providing consolidated protection against the convergence of spam and virus threats, Securence offers organizations significant business and operational efficiencies, and lowers the total cost of ownership of anti spam and anti virus security.

About Securence
Securence is a leading provider of , and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small business, enterprises, educational, and government institutions worldwide. The Company’s unique solutions help protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user. Securence provides real-time protection from the latest email threats through the use of cutting-edge filtering technology and 24/7 monitoring – all backed by world-class customer service. Securence can be implemented immediately and requires no integration, migration, or upfront costs. Based in Minneapolis, Securence is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Internet Corp., a premier, full-service application service provider.

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Unfortunately, spam should be on the rise for the distant future. As technology gets cheaper to send spam, people will send more of it. Eventually, the returns to sending spam will decrease as filters get better, but that'll only create incentives for spammers to send out more emails, because whatever few pieces of email get delivered will be very valuable. You will continue to see a trend towards off-shore emails that are hard to track, and therefore hard to immediately isolate as problematic. On-shore email blasts will continue to become more legitimate looking, and some of these companies will try to break into the opt-in email business. Unfortunately, most spammers won't handle opt-in email with care, and those lists will slowly be handled in the same way that email lists that are not opt-in are handled.

Posted by: Ryan Pitylak | Apr 25, 2006 12:05:39 AM

The battle against spam is still a long one. But there is still no once-for-all anti-spam technology available. Currently, Bayesian filter and signature based filtering are among the most popular. Let's wait and see how the battlefield will evolve.

Posted by: Spam Filter | Apr 28, 2006 2:04:52 AM

I agree, but the current state of Bayesian filter technology is not up to par. Spam blocking sources will need to work to increase the effectivness of this technology. However, with the amount of money supported by the anti-spam industry, this technology should increase rapidly over the next few years.

Ryan Pitylak
Pitylak Security

Posted by: Ryan Pitylak | Apr 29, 2006 10:33:49 PM

With the current development of spam techniques, Bayesian technology alone is not enough, spammers can easily introduce noises to make the filter blind. Any anti-spam manufacturer should combine various technologies to achieve satisfactory filtering rate. I personally feel "SpamWeed Anti Spam Filter is one of the products that do a good job in keeping the pace with spam evolvement.

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Posted by: Darius | Jan 2, 2007 4:40:20 AM

Finally, the implementation of the reduction in spam filters improve, but to create incentives for spammers to send emails again, because no matter how few pieces of undelivered mail once and for good valuable.But all the anti-spam technology available. Men with the amount claimed by the anti-spam industry, this technology will increase sharply in coming years.

Posted by: gps fleet | Dec 9, 2010 8:08:45 AM

Social networks will remain hotbeds of malicious attacks,McAfee predicted, but geolocation services like Foursquare and Facebook Places will see new prominence.Yahoo is really catching a lot of negative press as a result of comments made by Spamhaus regarding the hosting of 5000 domain names that are used for phishing.

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