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Contents
bullet Spam – Not Only A Nuisance
bullet How 99% of Spam Filters Work
bullet Why SpamCanner Is Unique
bullet How We Do It
bullet The Net Result
bullet The Complete Solution
bullet Deployment Process
bullet Pricing & Terms

Spam: Not Only A Nuisance

Over 90% of email delivered to a typical U.S. company is unsolicited Junk Mail according to the average data reports of over 3 million U.S. Internet customers in July 2004.

A study by leading communications research firm Ferris Research indicates that corporate organizations incur three major costs for spam, totaling between $9 and $10 per user per month:

Loss of Productivity - The costs associated with users wading through spam messages.
Consumption of IT Resources - The costs incurred by an IT department as spam consumes bandwidth, storage space, and e-mail administrators' time.
Help Desk Burden - The costs incurred by a help desk when users log incidents

Spam costs U.S. companies $874 per employee per year in lost productivity, Darwin Magazine, July 8, 2003.

Faced with a sexual harassment suit, based on a spam email circulated within its offices, Chevron settled a $2.2 million employee lawsuit. “Internet Week, 6/23/03”.

How 99% of Spam Filters "Work"

The most common deployed spam technology fails to produce highly effective results.

bullet Statistical Algorithms
bullet Artificial Intelligence
bullet Point Values
bullet Blacklisting (as a sole remedy)
bullet Bayesian and numerous other Mathematical Equations

Countless studies have shown major flaws with this methodology:

bullet A daily burden is placed on IT department to manage and adjust the spam filter settings
bullet False Positive returns can become a series problem and a source of lost business
bullet Lackluster filtering results

February 25, 2003, PC Magazine tests 11 spam filters. The best missed 7% of inbound mail with 8.4% False Positives. The average missed 30% of inbound mail with 7% False Positives. This is unacceptable.

Why SpamCanner Is Unique

bullet The creators of the software we use took a lesson from the anti-virus companies and created a signature architecture for spam.
bullet Leading anti-virus companies rely on two main sources for catching the latest virus signatures or definitions: (1) managed networks of “spam traps” and (2) the user community which reports back new virus outbreaks.
bullet These signatures are used to update their virus scanning software. When’s the last time your anti-virus software experienced a false positive?
bullet Similar to anti-virus companies, SpamCanner uses “spam traps” and a 3 million user community to capture signature files on spam.
bullet Significant utilization of signature file technology has allowed SpamCanner filtering to achieve a high rate of spam detection with the lowest false positive returns in the industry.

How We Do It

Over 1,200 “spam traps” are systematically networked across the front lines of the Internet where a vast majority of Spam first originates.

Large scale attraction methods are deployed to the most popular spam producing segments of the Internet to populate these traps. Examples include:

bullet Porn Sites
bullet Online Casinos
bullet News Groups
bullet Fake website created with technical contact information posted


By September of 2002, each “spam trap” was receiving in excess of 500 spam messages per day.

The software developers placed a reporting engine in each spam trap, which creates a signature file on every spam message received. The signature files are instantly relayed to a central database to be used for message verification.

Additional signature files are obtained from spam notifications provided by a vast user community and entered into a dynamic database.

SpamCanner also deploys User Verify techniques to prevent Direct Harvest Attacks, along with seven Real Time Black Lists (RBLs) and special trick identifiers to effectively scan every message coming through our filtering infrastructure. When an exact match occurs, the email is labeled and contained, or it can simply be deleted.

How We Do It: The SpamCanner Infrastructure


The Net Result

For the month of July, 2004, SpamCanner on average blocked 94.0% of the entire mail flow coming into an organization. The industry average for competing solutions is roughly half this amount.

98.1% of total spam running through SpamCanner is stopped based on the average customer experience.

A near 0% false positive rate is experienced by our customers.

The majority of email borne viruses are contained via our uniquely configured anti-virus layers. A special focus is placed on malicious self replicating worm viruses.

The Complete Solution: A Multi-Layer Scanning Architecture

bullet Real time Black List checks are performed based on per-domain preferences.
bullet Optional user verification ensures only email destined to real users is accepted.
bullet Static Black List checks can be customized for each company and domain.
bullet Emails are compared to a signature file similar to virus signature checks.
bullet Multiple virus scans are applied to messages that are not determined to be spam.
bullet Routing rules are applied based on spam/virus preferences for the destination domain.

Deployment Process (Enterprise Gateway)

Step 1: The first step in the deployment process is to complete the new account Setup form which allows us to prepare the servers to accept the incoming MX Record.

Step 2: Once we have set up the account, a notification will be sent to the primary contacts listed in the Setup form indicating our system is ready to accept the MX Record for the Domain(s) to be filtered.

Step 3: Upon receipt of the notification, the customer makes the address change to their MX record.

Step 4: For short period of time, we recommend new customers create a mailbox called Spam@theirdomain.com where we will push all their filtered spam for initial review and verification purposes. They may also elect to have their Spam placed within our online Quarantine.

Step 5: That’s it, this account is now enjoying the benefits of SpamCanner

Pricing & Terms

bullet Pricing is based on number of users within a given domain.
bullet No setup fees.
bullet No cost, no obligation, 30-day trial.
bullet A seven day grace period is provided after the initial setup notification to allow customers to point their MX record. (This allows for a full 30 day trail.)
bullet Anti-virus protection – included.
bullet Billing statements sent monthly.

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