This is the second part of the How We Stop Email Malware article.
Email malware has been around for years, starting in the early ’90s and being very prolific until today, mostly by leveraging vulnerabilities and malicious macros.
Most of today’s spam and phishing are sent by cyber-criminals leveraging breached servers or vulnerabilities exploited in the wild. Therefore we have gathered a list of best practices for sysadmins in an effort to combat, not the symptoms, but the real cause of spam.
Fighting spam, phishing and other threats requires a lot of effort in order to develop and improve the best software an email security company can provide to its customers. Although the number of spam and phishing attacks continue to increase in complexity and the “bad guys” have become more cunning, we have also been improving our pace to always stay one step ahead of the game.
As technology grows, so do threats targeting more and more individuals and enterprises nowadays. Spam and phishing have been around since the beginning of internet, when spammers and scammers (mind the difference) saw an opportunity in moving their operations online and profiting off their victims. In most cases spammers are just looking to sell a low-quality or counterfeit product, while scammers are mostly responsible for white-collar crimes.
Earlier this week, the Registry for the upcoming new Top-Level Domain .CLOUD announced the first wave of Pioneers. Over 30 companies spanning from market leaders in the Cloud space to innovative startups are the first able to use a .cloud domain to promote themselves and tell their stories in a new, more effective way.
As an award-winning market leader in the spam control space, we were extremely excited by the opportunity offered by the .cloud Pioneer program to give a fresh new home to our growing cloud-based offering.
It is common knowledge that it is vital for any organization to save and protect its email data for long term in order to be able to restore lost information, and to be legally compliant (avoiding possible governmental fines). So then how can companies make the right choice to satisfy all their needs?
In the heady days after “A Plan for Spam”, developing anti-spam software was an exciting field full of rapid developments, as giants of computer science and mathematics like Tim Peters, John Graham Cumming, and Bill Yerazunis came up with new ideas to identify spam. In those days, it felt like a constant race with the spammers – they would come up with a new trick to fool our software, we’d figure out a counter to the trick, and so on – building better mousetraps all the way down.
These days, everything seems a lot tamer. Spam is still a big problem, but effective filtering gets rid of most of the bad mail, and to be a great product, it’s critical to offer not just filtering but a wide range of additional functionalities, like integration, configurability, flexibility, and responsive support. Spammers still come up with the occasional new trick, but the innovation from the bad guys has really moved to other areas, like social media.
So does this mean there are no longer any risks in the email protection industry? Not at all. Continue reading