Virginia anti-spam ruling poses great risk for enterprises

    MaryKay Roberto, SVP and general manager of Mimecast, one of the world’s largest providers of SaaS-based email management services, offers the following perspective on the broader implications of Friday’s Virginia anti-spam court ruling. As an industry veteran of the email archiving space, MaryKay is an excellent source to discuss the increased risk that enterprises face and the measures they must take to protect themselves from spam.

     “The Virginia State Supreme Court decision to overturn the conviction of spammer Jeremy Jaynes is a disappointing setback for anti-spam efforts and has larger implications for corporate IT departments, which face a significant risk for an increased volume and complexity of spam and viruses. An estimated 78% of email traffic in 2008 will be spam (Radicati Group, April 2008); a daunting figure for IT departments and one that could increase due to the Virginia court ruling.

    The federal CAN-SPAM Act is a step in the right direction but is not a silver bullet. The burden of proof is high for commercial organizations to get a conviction, and there have been only a handful of prosecutions since the CAN-SPAM Act was established in 2003.

    The burden falls on IT organizations to protect their networks and employees from within. Corporations need to utilize robust anti-spam and anti-virus tools to protect against potentially devastating attacks. For those with existing anti-spam solutions, it’s time to ensure they measure up. Solutions must guarantee 99% of spam eliminated before it reaches you, prioritization and recognition of legitimate email, and 100% virus protection. Anything less could open the doors to an attack.”


    About Mimecast

    Mimecast delivers cloud-based email management for Microsoft Exchange, including archiving, continuity and security.  By unifying disparate and fragmented email environments into one holistic solution that is always available from the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces cost and complexity, while providing total end-to-end control of email. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2003, Mimecast serves approximately 4,000 customers worldwide and has offices in Europe, North America, Africa and the Channel Islands.

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