- Time spent clearing spam eats up employee productivity.
- Storage space used for legitimate communication is wasted.
- The bandwidth required to handle all of the unwanted messages must be accounted for by internet service providers, which means higher overhead and greater costs to customers.
Spam poses a very sizable risk to businesses and not preparing for it can make the problem much harder to control. Failing to provide adequate network security enables spammers to steal large sums of money from unsuspecting parties throuh illegal networks of infected servers.One such high-profile example is the Grum botnet. From BBC News:
“A botnet is a network of computers that has been hijacked by cybercriminals, usually by using malware.”
Far from being just a single criminal manually sending unsolicited emails, a botnet takes over a vast array of machines – potentially from all over the world – and requires a experienced and dedicated security experts to track and disable. The cyber-criminals behind such botnets can generate enormous amounts of illegal revenue per month.
Furthermore, spamming techniques are becoming more advanced. From UPI:
“Spam email hawking miracle pills and targeting the gullible with tales of offshore bank accounts containing untold fortunes used to be mostly text-based but spammers have turned to using images embedded in the email to outwit existing spam filtering programs.”
No IT solution is complete without safeguards against spam as well as adequate network security.Contact us to learn more about dealing with these threats.