3 Criteria for Controlling Enterprise Spam

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If you have a business, then you have a spam problem. The efficiencies of communicating through e-mail not only benefit organizations like yours; they also benefitrepparttar 109514 spammers who profit off of sending pernicious e-mails to millions of people every day. In fact, spam is so cost-effective that it costs less than $0.0004 to send a single spam. That’s 25 emails for just one penny!

The Spam Problem

According to Meta Group, “Companies are routinely getting 20,000 daily spam messages, putting significant burden (e.g. bandwidth and storage consumption) on mail relays, SMTP gateways, and internal mail servers.”

To make matters worse, companies have invested millions of dollars in spam-fighting technologies that have been rendered obsolete within months of purchase byrepparttar 109515 innovation of spammers who have found ways to thwart new technologies alongrepparttar 109516 way. Examples of spammer ingenuity abound. As recently as mid-2003 Bayesian logic was touted asrepparttar 109517 immutable defense against spam, but by early 2004, most spam had evolved to be “Bayesian-proof”. There are even programs available for download onrepparttar 109518 internet that will “test” your spam for you before you send it to make sure it will get pastrepparttar 109519 spam filters.

Clearly,repparttar 109520 solution is to partner with a company that specializes in fighting spam. Who you choose is a crucial step because you don’t want your solution to become obsolete within a few months, and you certainly don’t want to create a problem with false positives.

Criteria 1 – Diversity – The Cocktail Approach to Filtering Spam

The first step in addressing spam is identifying it. But, unlike viruses, spam identification is not straightforward. There is no “smoking gun” that clearly indicates to a detection system that a message is a spam. For instance,repparttar 109521 common approach of looking for keywords such as “Viagra” or “Free”, misses many spams. The method of blocking known spammer IP addresses lags and does nothing to deter determined spammers. Any effective spam detection system must employ multiple techniques for identifying and measuringrepparttar 109522 probability that a message is spam includingrepparttar 109523 newer heuristic analysis and real-time collaborative spam filtering tools.

Criteria 2 – Flexibility – Different Strokes for Different Folks

How HIPAA Security Policies Affect Corporate E-mail Systems

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Although considered by many to berepparttar sole concern of health care providers,repparttar 109513 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) affects nearly all companies that regularly transmit or store employee health insurance information. HIPAA was signed into law in 1996 and it's original purpose was to protect employee health and insurance information when workers changed or lost their jobs. As use ofrepparttar 109514 internet became more widespread inrepparttar 109515 mid-1990s, HIPAA requirements overlapped withrepparttar 109516 digital revolution and offered direction to organizations needing to exchange healthcare information. HIPAA regulations apply to any establishment that exchanges individually identifiable healthcare information.

Collaboration between healthcare professionals, their colleagues, their patients, and employers has grown progressively more digital, and e-mail has played an ever-increasing role in this communication. Inrepparttar 109517 process of this development,repparttar 109518 need for information security and privacy has created an impediment to widespread adoption.

In addition torepparttar 109519 usual concerns about privacy and security of e-mail correspondence, even organizations that are not inrepparttar 109520 heathcare industry must now considerrepparttar 109521 regulatory compliance requirements associated with HIPAA. The Administrative Simplification section of HIPAA, which, among other things, mandates privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI), has sparked concern about how e-mail containing PHI should be treated inrepparttar 109522 corporate setting. HIPAA, as it relates to e-mail security, is an enforcement of otherwise well-known best practices that include:

  • Ensuring that e-mail messages containing PHI are kept secure when transmitted over an unprotected link
  • Ensuring that e-mail systems and users are properly authenticated so that PHI does not get intorepparttar 109523 wrong hands
  • Protecting e-mail servers and message stores where PHI may exist
Organizations regulated by HIPAA must comply and put these practices in place. However,repparttar 109524 need to comply with regulations puts particular pressure onrepparttar 109525 healthcare industry to enhance their use of technology and “catch up” with other industries of similar size and scope.

The privacy protection provisions in HIPAA pose a major compliance challenge forrepparttar 109526 healthcare industry. These provisions are intended to protect patients from disclosure of any of their individually identifiable health information. Organizations that fail to protect this information face fines ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for each instance of unauthorized disclosure. Ifrepparttar 109527 disclosure is found to be intentional, HIPAA provides for fines ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 and possible jail time for individuals involved inrepparttar 109528 violations.

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